December 05, 2008

Second Annual Distinguished Lectureship on quail is set for Jan. 30 near Roby

By: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576  
Contact(s): Dr. Dale Rollins, 325-653-4576,

ROBY – The latest developments in quail management research will be the focus of the second annual Distinguished Lectureship on Quail Management set for 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch west of Roby.

This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Fidel Hernandez, a research scientist with the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville. The theme for the conference is “Quail Management and Science: A Fresh, Bold Perspective.”

Dr. Dale Rollins, Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist at San Angelo and the ranch’s director, said the program is for landowners, hunters and biologists.

“Dr. Hernandez is one of the ‘young guns’ in the quail research scene who is quickly making a name for himself,” Rollins said. "He actually started his career on quail while pursuing a master’s degree with me back in 1995 at Angelo State University.”

Hernandez later earned a doctorate from Texas A&M University. His doctoral research in Shackelford County focused on the impacts of prickly pear control on bobwhite nesting ecology.

Rollins said Hernandez will present findings from extensive research efforts conducted in South Texas, and offer other lessons learned from what some consider to be the best quail hunting anywhere.

“When the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch was created in 2007, I wanted to host an annual meeting to showcase leaders in quail management from across the U.S.,” Rollins said. “Last year’s meeting featured Dr. Bill Palmer and Clay Sisson from Tall Timbers Research Station at Tallahassee, Fla. They drew a standing-room-only crowd. I expect this year’s meeting to be equally as exciting.”

Hernandez’ discussions will be joined by updates on various research and educational efforts being conducted at the research ranch. The ranch is a 4,700-acre property located in western Fisher County that serves as a laboratory and classroom for those interested in sustaining West Texas quail populations.

The program is sponsored by Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, Texas Agrilife Research, Agrilife Extension's Quail Decline Initiative and Quail Unlimited.

Registration for the meeting is $15 by Jan. 16, and $25 thereafter. Seating is limited to 100 people, and the program includes lunch and refreshments.

Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for those holding private applicator’s licenses.

Registration information and additional details can be found at .