Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas Quail Short Course Offered

KINGSVILLE - March 24, 2009

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361.593.2590

The faculty and staff of the Richard M. Kleberg Jr., Center for Quail Research at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host the Texas Quail Short Course Wednesday and Thursday, March 25-26. The event will be held at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Center in the Tio and Janell Kleberg Wildlife Research Park located on Corral Street, adjacent to the campus. The Center for Quail Research is a part of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute which is part of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences.

The short course will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Wednesday with lunch included. Thursday’s session includes a camp tour from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Registration costs are $175. For more information or to register, call 361-593-4025.

Dr. Fred Guthery, Bollenbach Chair for Wildlife Ecology at Oklahoma State University, will deliver the keynote address during the final session Wednesday. He will discuss Beef, Brush and Bobwhites: 23 Years Later. Guthery was a researcher for the CKWRI for 13 years before moving on to Oklahoma State.

Wednesday’s program includes five sessions. The first session, Back to Basics, includes Status of Quail in the United States, Quail Life History and Ecology and Debunking Quail Myths. The second session on Management Issues includes the topics of The Role of Protein Supplementation in Bobwhite Reproduction, Methods of Counting Bobwhites in Texas Rangelands, Bird Dog Behaviors and Efficiency in Locating Coveys and Considerations and Logistics of Operating a Hunting Enterprise.

The third session will have lectures on Management Issues and Population Dynamics including The Economic Impact of Hunting in South Texas, Important Bobwhite Foods: Preference and Nutrition of Seeds, Influence of Parasites and Diseases on Quail Populations and Population Dynamics of South Texas Bobwhites.

The fourth session will address Habitat Issues including the topics of Habitat Management and Brush Sculpting for Northern Bobwhite, Exotic Grasses and Quail: South Texas Case Studies and Wildlife Cooperatives: Managing Bobwhites on Small Properties.


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