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Texas Tech University Hosts Bobwhite Project Field Day

Brad Dabbert (Associate Professor) and Eric Abercrombie (Graduate Research Assistant) of Texas Tech University, Department of Natural Resources Management hosted a USDA-NRCS/MSU Bobwhite Restoration Project Field Day on May 22, 2007. The "Quail Management in the High Plains" field day featured morning and afternoon sessions held in two locations. The morning session was held at the Activities Center in Morton, TX and included overviews of bobwhite and scaled quail biology, EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and wildlife management practices, and effects of EQIP practices on quail populations. The morning session also included informational sessions about grazing and brush management, and the use of prescribed fire as a management technique. Following a delicious historic chuckwagon lunch provided by the award winning Midwest Buggy catering group, attendees traveled to Muleshoe, TX for the afternoon session. There they were treated to a very informative field tour of one of the 8 study sites used in research evaluating bobwhite and scaled quail responses to EQIP practices in the Shortgrass Prairie Bird Conservation Region (TBCR18) at Texas Tech University, which is partially funded by the USDA-NRCS/MSU Bobwhite Restoration Project. Topics for the afternoon field tour included identification of key quail food and cover vegetation, instruction on formation and the benefits of quail and wildlife cooperatives, conducting quail counts and vegetation monitoring, and harvest management and estimating reproductive success. There was a great turnout, especially considering that the area is very rural with low population density. There were 64 natural resources professionals and private landowners in attendance (29 NRCS staff from Texas and New Mexico, 19 private landowners from Texas and New Mexico, 13 from Texas Tech University, 1 from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and 1 from New Mexico Game and Fish Department).

Download the Field Day agenda, and a summary of participant reviews here.

For more information, contact:

Charles B. Dabbert
Department of Natural Resources Management
Texas Tech University
Box 42125
Lubbock, TX 79409-2125
Phone: (806) 742-1983
Email: brad.dabbert@ttu.edu

Crowd

A great day for a field tour! Over 60 natural resource professionals and private landowners were in attendance for the Texas Tech University "Quail Management in the High Plains" Field Day. Attendees visited one of 8 study sites used in research evaluating response of bobwhite and scaled quail to EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) management practices.

Charles Coffman

Charles Coffman (Natural Resource Conservation Service) teaches attendees how to identify key quail food and cover plants and emphasizes the importance of managing for these plants in the landscape.

Jason Brooks

Jason Brooks (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) provides direction to landowners on how to join forces with other landowners to start a quail cooperative on their land.

Brad Dabbert

Brad Dabbert (Associate Professor) and Eric Abercrombie (Graduate Research Assistant) of Texas Tech University Department of Natural Resources Management demonstrate how to measure density of vegetation at different heights using a profile board.

Lunch

The best lunch in west Texas! Midwest Buggy catering provided a historic chuckwagon lunch that included delicious barbecue, biscuits, coleslaw, maize, baked beans, peach cobbler, and bread pudding all prepared in the old-fashioned chuckwagon style.

High Plains

An example of an EQIP management practice in the High Plains region (Muleshoe, TX).

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