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2014-08-21

Facing the Quail Decline Workshop set in Kerrville, Mason

Special to The Courier

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will conduct a "Facing the Quail Decline" workshop in Kerr County on Sept. 5. The program will begin with registration from 7:30-8 am followed immediately by the programs. The workshop should conclude by 3:30 pm.
The Sept. 5 program is scheduled on the Kerr Wildlife Management Area near Hunt. Directions to the Kerr Wildlife Management Area can be found athttp://bit.ly/1qtW3Pm.
"Thankfully, a large part of the state has been blessed with at least some rain, and reports of quail sightings are trickling in even from areas that have not heard a quail call in years," said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist and associate department head for the wildlife and fisheries department at Texas A&M University, College Station. "Unfortunately, the big picture concerning wild quail numbers remains critically low, despite the reports."
Topics covered will include quail ecology and statewide perspective, Texas quail decline and a Texas Quail Index update. The Kerr County meeting will also address Montezuma quail research. Afternoon sessions will feature a demonstration on Quail Index monitoring techniques and habitat management conducted on the wildlife management area.
As participant numbers must be limited to 100 at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, early registration is recommended.
The Kerr County program is $10 and includes lunch.
RSVP in Kerr County by calling Ryan Reitz or Lisa Wolle at 830-238-4483.
These programs are funded through the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative and the Upland Game Bird Stamp Fund, based on a collaborative effort between the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and AgriLife Extension.
For more about the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative, go tohttp://wildlife.tamu.edu/quail/ .