The Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Mills County will conduct a Quail Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 10 in the Mills County State Bank Community Room in Goldthwaite.
"Bobwhite quail are an important part of our region's wildlife resources, but unfortunately, like the rest of the South, we're seeing fewer and fewer wild birds these days," says Tom Guthrie, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent in Mills County. "The purpose of this program is not only to appreciate our remaining wild birds, but also to learn ways to possibly increase our numbers in the future."
The Quail Appreciation Day topics will include: Getting to Know Quail, Scoring Habitat, Habitat Evaluation, Assessing Quail Nesting Cover, Intensive Quail Management, the Bobwhite Brigade, and also Research Updates.
The line-up of speakers will include noted quail expert Dr. Dale Rollins, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist, headquartered in San Angelo. Rollins is widely known for his efforts to save the bobwhite quail in the Southwest. He also is director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch. Also joining Rollins on the program will be Robert Perez, Texas Parks and Wildlife state quail biologist, Austin, and Mike Miller, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist, Stephenville. In addition, Ricky Linex, a biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Weatherford, will speak on the quail situation. Melissa Sturdivant, a soil conservationist, who is with the NRCS in Goldthwaite also will talk, and Danny Long, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent emeritus in Mills County will speak.
Attendees with private applicator licenses can earn three continuing education units from the Texas Department of Agriculture. Individual cost for the program is $20 and includes lunch. RSVP to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service office in Mills County at 325-648-2650 if you plan to attend to help accommodate the crowd.