Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Faculty Co-Author Guide to Bobwhite Quail

KINGSVILLE - September 16, 2010

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

Four members of the faculty in the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences have co-authored the new book Texas Bobwhite: A Guide to their Foods and Habitat Management, published by University of Texas Press.

The book was written by Jon A. Larson, wildlife biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and A&M-Kingsville faculty Dr. Timothy E. Fulbright, Regents Professor and Endowed Meadows Professor in Semiarid Land Ecology; Dr. Leonard A. Brennan, professor and Endowed Chair for Quail Research; Dr. Fidel Hernandez, associate professor and the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Endowed Professor in Quail Research; and Dr. Fred C. Bryant, professor and the Leroy G. Denman Jr. Endowed Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. All of the faculty are associated with the animal and wildlife sciences department and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

The book is currently available from The University of Texas Press and on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders websites.

Texas Bobwhites is a field guide to the seeds commonly eaten by northern bobwhites, as well as a handbook for conserving and improving northing bobwhite habitat. It provides identifying characteristics for the seeds of 91 species of grasses, forbs, woody plants and succulents. Each seed description includes a close-up and a scale photo of the seed and the plant that produces it, along with a range map. 
            
Using this information, hunters can readily identify concentrations of plants that are most likely to attract quail. Landowners and rangeland managers will greatly benefit from the book’s state-of-the-art guidance for habitat management and restoration, including improving habitat dominated by invasive and nonnative grasses.

Northern bobwhite quail are one of the most popular game birds in the United States. In Texas alone, nearly 100,000 hunters take to the field each fall and winter to pursue wild bobwhite quail. Texas ranchers with good bobwhite habitat often generate a greater proportion of their income from fees paid by quail hunters than from livestock production. Managing and expanding bobwhite habitat makes good sense economically, and it benefits the environment as well.

For more information, call 361-593-3922 or visit ckwri.tamuk.edu.


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