Quail are flying this November


November, 2020

Leaves are falling, and quail are flying! This month, we're putting the spotlight on several organizations you'll want to follow to continue your quail education. We've also included the quail hunting forecast from TPWD and the newest Dr. Dale on Quail podcast, which you should give a listen to if you're planning to run dogs in rattlesnake country. Finally, don't forget to check out our Upcoming Events section at the end of this letter if you want a chance to win some prizes!

What's new with RQDI?

Quail hunting season has begun, and the forecast is another year of below average hunting conditions in bobwhite strongholds like the Rolling Plains and South Texas Plains. Nonetheless, best of luck to our sportsmen out there--here's hoping we're due for a boom soon!
We're working with Texas Wildlife Association to potentially bring a version of the Small Acreage, Big Opportunity program to north Texas. It's still in the planning phase at the moment, but stay tuned here and on Facebook for more details as this program takes shape.
"Quail Educators and Agencies"
We're continuing our mission to highlight other quail-centric organizations as RQDI draws to a close in December. This month, we'd like to focus on the teachers of our Students of Quail, which includes several groups we've worked with. First off is Texas A&M AgriLife Extension (AgriLife) (especially the Natural Resources Institute) and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). These are the major players in the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative and will continue to provide educational opportunities related to quail and habitat management. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is instrumental on the habitat management front, including both financial and technical assistance. You can use this tool to find contact info for each of these organizations in your area.

Finally, Texas Wildlife Association is a state membership organization that hosts and promotes programs about our native wildlife, hunting heritage, and other conservation issues.

Resources for Students of Quail

"Leopold Live Series"

If you missed any of the 5 installments of this live video series, you can view the recordings at the link below. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us while we learned the ins and outs of live video! Definitely check out the "Fire" episode if you haven't seen it yet; it includes a prescribed burn demonstration.

View the videos here.


"Dr. Dale on Quail: Rattlesnakes & Bird Dogs"

For many hunters, a snakebit bird dog is a literal nightmare. In this episode, Dr. Dale interviews a DVM with experience treating snakebites who offers some advice on what to do if the nightmare becomes reality.

Listen to the podcast here.


Video of the Month

Eyeworm parasites are something you can check for in birds harvested this fall! Learn more about them and see how researchers get parasite counts in this video.

Upcoming Events

Texas Chapter going Virtual this February

The Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society annual meeting will be held entirely online for the very first time next year. We're looking forward to the celebrations and learning opportunities that define this event, albeit in a different format. If you're curious about the Wildlife Society, this might be the perfect opportunity to see what it's all about! Look for more details to come.

Park Cities Quail Coalition Giveaway

One of our supporters and partners, the Park Cities Quail Coalition, is hosting a prize giveaway to drum up some traffic to their social media pages. If you want a chance at some great items (including the shotgun pictured here), take a look at this post and follow the instructions by November 10. No purchase or donation is necessary to enter.

Thank you all for your continued support! If you want the most up-to-date quail news, check out our social media accounts below.

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