COLLEGE STATION, TX — The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI), in collaboration with the Texas Military Preparedness Commission (TMPC) within the Office of the Governor, Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA), and with input from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), launched the Texas Early Notification Tool (TENT).
We are proud to present the long-awaited Texas Land Trends: Status Update and Trends of Texas Working Lands 1997 - 2017 published in December 2019. Texas Land Trends reports have informed private and public landowners and decision-makers for over two decades. With this report, we are able to examine new patterns and identify trends following the release of the Census of Agriculture datasets by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS). These datasets provide key information for complex Texas natural resource challenges through the power of a “good map.” The Texas Land Trends: Status Update and Trends report is the fifth iteration and specifically describes the status and recent changes in land values, ownership size and land use of privately-owned Texas working lands.
The end of the year is a time of celebration for many, but for quail it's often a time of hardship. This month we have an episode of Dr. Dale on Quail that explains why winter is such a tough time for these little birds. Plus we've got a new online lesson all about quail songs and calls.
The Sentinel Landscapes Partnership is proud to introduce an Interactive Landowner Resources Tool as part of the newly designed website to make it easier for private landowners to find voluntary state and federal landowner assistance programs.
On Nov. 14 at Sul Ross State University-Alpine, the Texas Agricultural Land Trust (TALT) and the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) hosted a landowner workshop to address issues related to burgeoning energy development in West Texas.
USDA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it is awarding more than $1.4 million to fund three pilot projects to control feral swine in Texas.
Congratulations to NRI's Melissa Meierhofer, the latest recipient of the 2019 Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence for Graduate Student Research.
Defense One — As the House and Senate work to complete the DoD Appropriations and the National Defense Authorization Act, they need to prioritize resilience efforts not only at military installations but the communities that surround them.
The November Reversing the Quail Decline newsletter is here! Learn about the latest quail resources, the opening of quail season and more! If this hasn't landed in your inbox yet, sign up!
Col. Olin Findley Brewster, who retired from the military but still serves today as an Army Reserve ambassador in Texas, received the Maj. Gen. James Earl Rudder Medal in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 2019.
This webinar will introduce overarching principles for climate adaptation, describe key climate impacts to DoD natural resources programs and INRMP elements, and provide an overview of the six-step INRMP adaptation planning cycle.
The Collaborative Wildlife Protection and Recovery Initiative releases first national program review
The Collaborative Wildlife Protection and Recovery Initiative (CWPRI) is a voluntary, informal partnership of federal and state agencies and non-governmental parties interested in recovering listed species and preventing new listings under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The latest Dr. Dale on Quail podcast is here; you'll definitely want to give it a listen if you're planning on going quail hunting this season. We've also got an article about raptors, one of the top predators of quail, and some great news for the Texas Bobwhite Brigades.
Southwest Farm Press — Existing collaboration to address agriculture, natural resource issues along the Tamaulipas-Texas borderland region.
(Texas Comptroller) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has determined that two Texas mussels can be removed from the list of candidate species under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The determinations were based mainly on research funded by the Texas Comptroller’s office and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
The Eagle — Formalize existing collaboration to address transboundary agriculture, natural resource issues.
Grazing is a powerful tool for improving the health of plants and the soil supporting them when it’s managed correctly. Read these adapted remarks by NRI's Dr. James Cathey from the Private Lands Summit hosted by the Texas Wildlife Association.
Two new freshwater mussel species in Texas will most likely impact current efforts
Times Record News — A fine line exists between sustaining wind energy development and securing safe operating areas used for military installations, but it’s a balance that can be reached, a Texas A&M University Natural Resources Institute official said here Aug. 8.
DALLAS – A team of researchers recently discovered two new freshwater mussel species in Texas, which will likely impact current conservation efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
It's our pleasure to announce that the 2019 Sentinel Landscapes Accomplishments Report is now available featuring the Sentinel Landscapes Partnership's achievements through Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.
The TWA Sam Beasom Conservation Leader Award is given to a member of the professional conservation community who has made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of Texas wildlife and shares the philosophies of Texas Wildlife Association.
Private land stewardship is vital to Texas working lands, which account for nearly 83 percent of the state's total acreage. New land stewardship lessons from the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute should help those who own or manage these important properties.
The Major General James Earl Rudder Medal was established in 1999 and is awarded annually to a serving or former member of the United States Army Reserve who has contributed most to the advancement of the Association’s goal of a seamless and component-integrated Army.
Each year, Texan by Nature celebrates their mission of bringing business and conservation together at their Conservation Wrangler Summit & Celebration Dinner. Leaders in conservation and business come together from all corners of Texas to discuss the positive impacts they are making for community health, economic prosperity, and natural resources.
Congratulations to Garrett Powers and the team behind story map “Measuring Hurricane Irma's Impact on Coastal Forests” for bringing home First Place in the Spatial Analysis Story Map category from the 2019 Esri User Conference Map Gallery.
The Madisonville Meteor—Changes in population density, rapid urbanization and rising land values have altered much of the historically rural landscape of the Texas borderlands, according to a recent Texas Land Trends report.
Thanks to our friends at Texas Farm Bureau and to Gary Joiner for producing the latest announcement of our new Private Land Stewardship Lessons.
AgriLife Today — The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute has added a series of new Private Land Stewardship lessons to its website.
Summer is here! We're celebrating another successful round of Bobwhite Brigades Camps and giving you an exciting new way to further your quail studies with Private Land Stewardship Lessons.
The 2019 SERPPAS Principals Meeting, chaired by DoD Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Environment and the Commissioner of Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), was held on June 4-5, 2019, at the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama.
The freshwater mussel team successfully raised an endangered species of mussel in the lab.
New Land Trends report covers trends in land ownership along borderlands and addresses population growth, land ownership and fragmentation.
Lone Star Outdoor News — Research, education at the forefront. Funds from the $7 Upland Game Bird Endorsement purchased with hunting licenses in Texas have been used to support research and education regarding bobwhite and scaled quail over the past six years.
The summary report of the 2019 Texas Land Trends report describes key findings of recent changes in topics such as land use, ownership size and property values of private working lands from 1997 to 2017.
Rather than producing a report solely on what has been accomplished over the past year, this report is a tool showcasing what can be done to reach ALRI's goal of 8 million acres of longleaf pine habitat by 2025.
Highlighting conservation efforts & events from across the Lone Star State, read June's issue of Conservation Round-Up!
Joint Base San Antonio — May 11 was International Migratory Bird Day and the Joint Base San Antonio Natural Resource office wants to highlight Texas’ native migrant, the golden-cheeked warbler, also known as Setophaga chrysoparia.
While Louisiana has a stout wild pig population, and Missouri presumably has a relatively small population, Texas wears a painful crown at the top of the porcine heap in the U.S., as home to roughly 3 million wild pigs. The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute (NRI) places the control rate to maintain wild pig populations at 66%. In stripped-down parlance: Texas needs to remove approximately 2 million wild pigs per year to keep 3 million wild pigs on the landscape...
TPWD — The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats has continued to spread into parts of Central, South, and East Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The research and relocation teams supporting the vulnerable gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) were announced the winner of DOD's 2019 Secretary of Defense Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation Environmental Award.
April showers bring May flowers...and hopefully, plenty of great nesting habitat for quail! We recently celebrated Earth Day with our quail ambassadors, Kirby and Bonnie Blue, and we have a new article that goes into more detail about their role in the Quail Decline Initiative.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Lone Star Land Steward Awards program recognizes those private landowners for excellence in habitat management and wildlife conservation. The awards also seek to publicize the best examples of sound natural resource management practices and promote long-term conservation of unique natural and cultural resources.
The Spring 2019 newsletter for landowners in the Post Oak Savannah and Costal Prairies Regions of Texas is here!
TEXAS STANDARD — Roel Lopez on the 2017 data reflecting a changing Texas when it comes to farming and ranching.
NORTH TEXAS NEWS — The Texas Land Trends project of Texas A&M’s Natural Resources Institute, or NRI, has published a special series report describing Texas landowner participation in land conservation easements and their value to agricultural production, water and wildlife.
Read April's Conservation Matters to stay in the know on all things moving the needle for conservation from impact reports to advancing science.
Are you hearing that "poor, Bob-WHITE" whistle yet? While quail gear up for the breeding season, we've stayed busy with several programs and preparations for this year's Texas Quail Index.
Melrose Air Force Range is not only Air Force Special Operations Command’s only training range used to train our special operations teams, but it is an environmental preserve as well where NRI implements passive automated monitoring systems for T&E species research.
Today, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch and NRI's Dale Rollins released the inaugural episode with our great friend Gary Joiner with Texas Farm Bureau.
Members of NRI's geospatial team attended the second annual TAMU Drone Day hosted by the Texas A&M Geospatial Professional Society on March 20th.
The first MJ Hanna Foundation Range and Pasture Plant Identification and Range Evaluation contests drew 57 contestants from all over Texas.
Melissa Meierhofer was awarded the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship to Finland as a reflection of her leadership and contributions to society.
NRI's latest Annual Report showcases the impactful work our team of research and extension professionals both achieved and launched in 2018 guided by the Land Grant mission.
Houston Chronicle — If you have noticed more feral hogs in your Houston-area neighborhood recently, you are not alone. Neighbors across the Greater Houston report the wild animals are more frequently making their way into their subdivisions and streets, leaving properties destroyed in their wake.
Held February 20-23 in Montgomery, Texas, the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society annual meeting was a success! This year's theme was Preparing Biologists for the 21st Century and Beyond and included activities ranging from paper and poster sessions to workshops and field trips.
March Newsletter — Kirby and Bonnie got to stretch their wings at two events last month where they got to meet-and-great eager wildlife enthusiasts. If that's a descriptor that applies to you, then you'll also want to check out the article and videos below!
The 2019 REPI Report to Congress summarizing and reviewing the achievements of REPI through Fiscal Year 2018 in now available.
AGRILIFE TODAY — The Texas Land Trends project of Texas A&M’s Natural Resources Institute, or NRI, has published a special series report describing Texas landowner participation in land conservation easements and their value to agricultural production, water and wildlife.
The February Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative is here!
Research Associate Krysta Demere was asked to illustrate the anatomical drawings for the U.S. Bat ID Project for the Center for Disease Control in late 2017, and now after a year-long process, the official Field Identification Key and Guide for Bats of the United States of America is published!
The San Antonio River Authority Internship was established in 2012 and is awarded to a highly motivated outstanding undergraduate student of a Texas institute of higher education. This internship is designed to provide an individual interested in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, other Natural or Environmental Science an opportunity to intern with the San Antonio River Authority Environmental Sciences Department in San Antonio, Texas. Applications close February 28, 2019.
Read how NRI's wild pig team expertise is traveling around the world to support local land managers without language barriers.
The 2019 winter edition of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Wildlifer newsletter is here!
This special series report describes the state’s current participation and growing need for land conservation easements. In this report we assess the value of all conservation easement acres in Texas within three broad categories of ecosystem services to describe the significant impact these lands have on the state's economy.
There's growing interest among resource managers to implement long-term wildlife monitoring. The process to develop such a program for your land, as you might guess, can be daunting. So, we set out to build example programs for land managers specific to their objectives—one requiring the most amount of effort, and one requiring the least amount. You decide!
Congratulations to Dr. Jim Cathey, NRI's 2019 recipient of the AgriLife Extension Superior Service Award!
In the January issue, we start the year off announcing a new interactive webpage for one of our projects, diving into the story behind multi-species management and celebrating youth education workshops for local students. Subscribe here to stay in the know on all things moving the needle for research-driven conservation.
We have a brand new web page for the Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative on the Dallas AgriLife Center website! Here you'll find an overview of the program, information on our native quail species and links to valuable resources.
NRI is featured in the December Texan by Nature Conservation Partner Round-Up where conservation efforts and events from across the Lone Star State are highlighted.
In the December issue, we're revealing more information for landowners reporting on wild pigs, recapping influential events and updating readers on a few impactful conservation projects. Subscribe here to stay in the know on all things moving the needle for research-driven conservation.
AgriLife Today publishes new article on NRI's first-of-its-kind wild pig reporting tool.
Tyler Paper: With 79 percent of the state considered potential habitat wild pigs have become a costly problem in both rural and urban areas of Texas. Texas A&M’s Natural Resources Institute has created a website to help better map the problem.
National Hog Farmer: Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute has released a new online tool to help in the growing effort to control the feral hog population in the state. The wild pig website offers Texas landowners and homeowners an easy-to-use tool to report sightings of feral hogs and the damage that may have occurred from them.
KETR: The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute is making it easier to report wild hog sightings in the state. The NRI has a new webpage where Texas residents can provide details of how many hogs they saw, where they saw them, and what kind of damage the animals cause – such as crop or fence damage, wallowing, or rubbing.
News Wise: Multi-year grant focuses on integrated disease management of white-nose syndrome in bats
KLTV: A new online tool from the Texas A&M National Resource Institute may aide in the growing effort to control the feral hog population in East Texas. They say it will help them locate areas of high activity as well as manage the growing population in the state.
This edition discusses aerial gunning as a tool for wild pig control as well as available options for Texas landowners and wildlife managers. Also addressed is research related to various baiting and head gate options for trapping wild pigs.
In a two-day event organized by the Texas Tribune, more than 200 officials, agriculture stakeholders including NRI's director Dr. Roel Lopez, and residents from across the state gathered to discuss and answer questions about challenges and opportunities facing rural Texans.
Community Impact Newspaper: As growth continues, local entities look to protect land from overdevelopment, flooding
Thanks to Texas Farm Bureau's Gary Joiner and team for helping share the news on the Texas Wildlife Radio Show about the new reporting tool for Texans with NRI's Dr. Jim Cathey. Listen to learn more about what our wildlife and state researchers are working on to understand the scope and size of the wild pig problem in Texas.
What do climate change, forest restoration and a yellow rose have in common? They're all featured in the November Conservation Matters.
Each year the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Association of Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts recognize and honor individuals that dedicate themselves to the conservation and management of renewable natural resources. The 2018 Friend of Conservation was awarded to M.J. Hanna Trust.
Happy hunting! Quail season started on October 27th, but be warned: Texas Quail Index data, as well as other sources, suggest there may be fewer birds this year. Look for a full write-up on the TQI in the next month.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the Avangrid Foundation, Southern Company, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service, announced the 2018 round of funding for the Bats for the Future Fund. Four grants totaling $1.1 million were awarded to prevent and slow the spread of white-nose syndrome (WNS), advance management tools and treatments to minimize WNS, promote the survival and recovery of WNS-affected bats, and support innovative research leading to lasting management solutions.
The Yellow Rose of Texas is the highest award presented to women in Texas. The commission is given by the Texas Governor in honor of Texas women who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer and community service.
Several SERPPAS partners appear in the Fall 2018 edition of The Longleaf Alliance’s The Longleaf Leader, “Longing for Longleaf: A Tale of Forest Restoration.” The article focuses extensively on how partnerships between conservation groups, state and federal agencies, and private landowners are working together to restore an important endangered ecosystem, as well as why this successful model of cooperation can be used for other at-risk habitats.
The SERPPAS Circular is a bimonthly collection of media coverage, funding opportunities and upcoming events/webinars from SERPPAS Partners across the Southeast. Updates are collected from websites, press releases, and newsletters, and organized according to the focus areas outlined in the 2018 – 2020 SERPPAS Strategic Plan.
LUBBOCK – Andy Holloway, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent in Hemphill County, received the Grass Roots Award – Extension Agent given by NRI's Brian Hays, president of the Texas Section Society for Range Management.
Highlighting conservation efforts and events from across the Lone Star State, October's newsletter includes NRI in a momentous month for conservation. See the more than 20 feats happening right now in Texas.
In the October issue, we're launching a brand new UAV short course, discussing a recent bipartisan bill in congress and celebrating more than 800 gopher tortoise rescues. Subscribe today to stay in the know on all things moving the needle for discovery, conservation and applied science.
This just in—southeast relocation efforts reported reaching 800 gopher tortoise rescues on October 4, 2018.
We hope you've been the beneficiary of some rain this past month! In addition to celebrating the cooler, wetter weather, we have several new QuailMasters to congratulate, a new article, and more webisodes on the horizon.
Many hunters in Europe have been skeptical about the effectiveness of non-lead shot for hunting/shooting purposes and compliance, when measured, is often poor. However, read more to find out how NRI's Dr. Brian Pierce's field trials solve the case.
By the end of September, the gopher tortoise research and relocation team reported reaching a significant benchmark in rescues.
We're excited to be expanding our work into the field of UAVs and we're looking forward to the ways we can continually educate land owners and conservationists alike. Read more to find out how UAVs are shaping the vantage points of our research.
In August, members of the NRI policy team attended the 2018 Sustaining Military Readiness Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. The conference, sponsored by the Department of Defense and held for the first time since 2011, was designed to provide a forum to encourage beneficial discussions and connections with thought-provoking panel sessions and workshops to support the future of military readiness through partnerships and planning.
Meet the newest member of the quail decline initiative team!
NRI's Mike Marshall, Tad McCall, Stephanie Hertz and others involved in conservation efforts are featured in the Department of Defense's Summer 2018 edition of Natural Selections, DoD's top-tier communication vehicle for natural resources.
Vice Chancellor Dr. Stover, who joined Texas A&M in March and was also sole finalist for director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, met with Dallas Center and NRI leadership late August on a two-day tour of the construction and integral initiatives within the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.
The Summer Wild Pig Newsletter is here! In this issue, we discuss the place unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have in wild pig management, the many functions of wallowing, our brand new website and much more!
In the August issue, we're uncovering the ways sea-level rise affects the habitat of focal species, sharing quick access to apps in the field, celebrating NRI scientists appointed to TPWD advisory committees and more.
Three NRI employees have recently been appointed to Advisory Committees to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.
Through the TxN Monthly Round-Up, we highlight conservation events, milestones, and updates from across Texas. See NRI's highlight on our recent predation theories for key vulnerable or endangered species.
What are bat wings made of? How are bats different from birds? What is the oldest bat in the world?
These were some of the questions Melissa Meierhofer, research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife Research based in College Station, was asked recently by a third-grade class at Wells Elementary School in Wells, Nevada, during her first Skype a Scientist experience.
In the July issue, we're uncovering the ways researchers are connecting their work with communities for good, the importance of knowing your animals, the unlikely suspects devastating research sites, mobile apps for private land stewardship and more.
Through the TxN Monthly Round-Up, we highlight conservation events, milestones, and updates from across Texas. See what NRI and other conservation partners are up to this month!
Reversing the Quail Decline's monthly newsletter is here! This past month, they focused on the future of quail conservation by participating in both the North and South Bobwhite Brigades leadership camps!
KXVA Fox15 in Abilene talked with Josh Helcel about new traps used to combat the millions of wild pig negatively impacting Texas.
In the June issue, we cover innovative techniques built by NRI researchers that are changing the game for collecting data in the field—not to mention a few other phone apps that will take private land stewardship to the next level. In addition to technology, we're reviewing where conservation meets policy, pollinators, Texas Land Trends, alligators and energy.
See highlights from QuailMasters Part 2 and Quail Appreciation Day: Dallas. Plus a new article about invasive species, a classic resource for quail management, and an upcoming appearance at the TWA Convention.
The American alligator has existed in its current form for tens of millions of years, but what does its future look like when faced with rapid climate change? Researchers provide insight in this new publication.
While coordinating the SERPPAS Principals meeting in May, Colonel Schuliger, Commander of the 96th Civil Engineer Group at Eglin AFB and Mr. Tad Davis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment and current DoD Principal Co-Chair for SERPPAS, honored Addie Thornton with two challenge coins for her work coordinating SERPPAS, and for the successful tour of Eglin Air Force Base.
Recent research compared how different land use activities alter the landscape, including oil and gas, agriculture, and renewable energy operations. Read the results in the full article.
QuailMasters Session 1 aftermath, a successful Earth Day appearance, new resources and an upcoming Quail Appreciation Day!
A recent publication reveals the genetic differences between spot-tailed earless lizard subspecies and explains what those differences tell us about changes in their distributions over time. Read more in the full article.
Lieutenant General Jeffrey Buchanan Commander, U.S. Army North and Fort Sam Houston presented NRI's program manager Findley Brewster with the Distinguished Quartermaster award for lifelong support of the U.S. Army, military personnel and military families. The Distinguished Quartermaster program recognizes the efforts of private citizens in the communities surrounding Fort Sam Houston for enhancing the quality of life for soldiers and their families.
In the May issue, we discuss key indicators of ecosystem health and why knowing plants is essential to private land stewardship. Also included are updates on vital research happening in Texas for white-nose syndrome and how the gopher tortoise is teaching us about endangered species conservation. There are plenty of upcoming events you won't want to miss!
Two NRI affiliated students, Shelby McCay and Danielle Walkup, have been recognized as outstanding M.S. and Ph.D. students (respectively) by Texas A&M's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.
NRI Associate Josh Helcel was recently interviewed about the severe feral hog problem in the state of Texas.
NRI partnered with other organizations like the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Wildlife Association to promote statewide land stewardship by launching a new campaign themed The Importance of Pollinators to Soil and Water Conservation in Texas.
"...according to the Texas A&M Texas Land Trends study, we are losing our agricultural lands at one of the fastest rates in the country."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has officially announced the de-listing of the black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla) from protections under the Endangered Species Act.
In the Quail Decline Initiative April newsletter we look back on a successful Fort Worth Quail Appreciation Day and share our new resources that will help you learn more about a lesser-known Texas quail species, the many plants that quail utilize for food and shelter, and how to conduct spring call counts with our video of the month. Coming up: Dallas Quail Appreciation Day in May!
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease for bats, has been detected for the first time in central Texas counties. Learn more about the disease and efforts to study it here.
Mike Brennan, director of the Wildlife Conservation and Mitigation Program at Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute gives insights on the Endangered Species Act and candidate species policy and conservation in a new article titled “Lesson from a Tortoise.”
In the April issue, we recognize the winners of the 2018 Texas Environmental Excellence Award in education, reflect on a year of accomplishments in our 2017 Annual Report, and highlight new resources about the importance of soils, irrigation, and riparian restoration in land stewardship. Also included are updates from our partner organizations and plenty of upcoming events you won't want to miss!
The Texas Natural Resource Institute has published its annual report for 2017! Join us as we take a look back on some of our major accomplishments in research, stewardship, conservation, engagement, and more.
Texas is home to the largest feral hog population in the United States, with an estimated 4 million hogs statewide. The Houston Chronicle shares local land owners' difficulty with wild pigs and resources from Texas A&M AgriLife.
Check out the 2018 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI) Report to Congress, which highlights the accomplishments of the REPI program this year.
The "SERPPAS Circular" contains information on the latest media coverage, funding opportunities and upcoming events/webinars on sustainability and conservation.
The Fort Worth "Quail Appreciation Day" on March 29 aims to inform North Texans about the value of one of the state’s most popular game birds and what people can do to help reverse declining quail populations. Learn about quail anatomy, ecology and habitat, and interact with a live northern bobwhite quail!
In the March 2018 edition, read about Texas' first federally endangered mussel species and what it means for the future of freshwater mussel conservation. Save the date for several upcoming programs and learn more about the economics of hunting, urban growth in Texas, and a talented wildlife artist taking up her mentor's mantle.
Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are working to better understand the ecology and taxonomy of Texas freshwater mussels. These mussels play critically important roles in freshwater ecosystems and have beneficial impacts on human health, making them a high priority for conservation. Fifteen species have previously been classified as "threatened," and now one--the Texas hornshell mussel--is officially listed as "endangered."
In the February 2018 edition, read about a treasured herpetology tradition, how Kirby the quail is helping youth learn about stewardship, a few honorable mentions including an induction into the Texas Conservation Hall of Fame, a new generation of natural resource heroes and much more!
Congratulations to Forrest Cobb on his acceptance as a 2018 James Teer Conservation Leadership Institute Fellow! His application was accepted because of the leadership potential he's demonstrated through professional endeavors and commitment to improving the natural resources of Texas.
Listing an animal or plant as “threatened” or “endangered” under federal law can impact the lives of landowners, ranchers, and farmers. Unlike states where much of the land is publicly owned, Texas is roughly 97 percent privately owned. For this reason, successful conservation efforts in Texas require private landowners and government agencies to work together.
One of the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute’s most popular “spokespersons” for quail appreciation and conservation isn’t a person at all, but a sociable 6-inch-tall northern bobwhite named Kirby...
Nine NRI research projects will take the stage at this year's Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society Annual Meeting in Dallas February 9-11.
NRI's Jim Kidda and Long Acres Ranch near Richmond recently hosted four groups of fourth- and fifth-grade students from Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, providing firsthand instruction on soil erosion and its effect on the environment.
Read up on associate director Jim Cathey's insight for The Eagle on College Station's feral hog residents—some of Texas' most formidable foes have taken their destructive tendencies to the College Station Memorial Cemetery and Aggie Field of Honor.
Dr. Rollins is being honored for a lifetime of conservation achievements, including the development of the Bobwhite Brigade youth program, which has evolved into a statewide program called Texas Brigades.
As prescribed fire gains popularity as a range management tool, so does the need for up-to-the-minute information.
To meet the growing need, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service developed a prescribed burning handbook funded by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute.
Hear from NRI's Stephanie Hertz in The Longleaf Leader Winter 2018 on what inspires her to be among the next generation of longleaf leaders.
Leopoldo Miranda, Assistant Regional Director for Ecological Services of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Southeast Region, signed the Framework Programmatic Conference Opinion for the Department of Defense (DoD) Gopher Tortoise Conservation and Crediting Strategy (Strategy).
We're excited to announce that Bryan/College Station is home to the newest Stewards of the Wild chapter!
Stewards of the Wild is a young professionals program supporting the mission of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. With member-led chapters in major cities throughout the state, Stewards of the Wild engages 21 to 45-year-old outdoor enthusiasts by providing exclusive access to Texas’ great conservation heroes and success stories. Every day, Stewards of the Wild across the state are connecting with thousands of their peers and building a community built on a shared love for Texas’ wild things and wild places.
NRI researchers surveyed for the endangered Lower Keys marsh rabbit (Sylvilagus palustris hefneri) following Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm, on Naval Air Station Key West. Preliminary survival results are very promising.
The Departments of Agriculture, Defense and Interior have designated portions of southern Georgia as the newest Sentinel Landscape designed to protect natural resources, enhance habitat for several key species, and maintain military readiness. The Georgia Sentinel Landscape was selected because of its broad partnerships and defined objectives.
Scroll through NRI's story map on the habitat requirements of Texas quails, learn about wild pigs and mast crops, read the latest report on habitat modeling and conservation of the Western Chicken Turtle and get to know the art behind bat science coming soon!
David Yeates, Texas Wildlife Association Chief Executive Officer, speaks on how Texas Land Trends data reveals the challenge that is: far too few urban Texans, including Legislators, have a sense of relevancy to our natural resources and their importance.
Research Associate Krysta Demere has been asked to do the anatomical drawings for the Bat ID Project for the Center for Disease Control. She will be contributing 20+ anatomical drawings of bats for this endeavor and we couldn't be prouder to be a part of this expertise-driven collaboration.
The Western Chicken Turtle (Deirochelys reticularia miaria) is considered rare and declining throughout its range, although no population surveys have been conducted range-wide. Uncertainty regarding population status and perceived threats to habitat convinced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to consider Endangered Species Act protection for the subspecies. The goal of this study was to inform the listing process by describing the biological and conservation requirements for Western Chicken Turtles.
Join the Bastrop County SWCD in McDade, Texas for their annual Field Tour to learn about wild hog management practices. Speakers will discuss the effects hogs have on the landscape, different trapping systems, and the rules and regulations for controlling populations on your property.
New Texas Land Trends report published, October's Map of the Month and more.
In this sixth issue, landowners will learn about wild pigs and mast crops, view the best of the wild pig photo and video contest, read about the origin of the wild pig species and get a peek at trending articles and videos.
Fragmentation of rural working lands, an increasing population and changes in landowner age, residency, land-use preferences and other factors are addressed in the new Texas Landowner Changes and Trends report.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, San Antonio Quail Coalition and Witte Museum will present the first-ever Urban Quail Appreciation Day from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Memorial Auditorium of the Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St., San Antonio.
If you’re worried about Florida Key deer dying of thirst or starvation following Hurricane Irma, an expert on the tiny creatures has one word of advice: don’t.
There’s one endangered songbird, the golden-cheeked warbler, that spends its summers in the hill country of Central Texas and its winters in Central America, but we don’t know much about specific populations and where they go.
A workshop to help property tax appraisers learn wildlife appraisal practices will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Kerr Wildlife Management Area, 2625 Farm-to-Market Road, Hunt.
In this fifth issue, landowners will learn about county-based cooperative wild pig abatement, see an evaluation of contraceptive viability in wild pigs and view trending articles and videos.
Is Texas a rural state? Yes. Eighty-three percent of the state’s lands are farms, ranches and forests. But it’s also an urban state. Eighty-six percent of Texans live in urban areas.
Jennifer Morton hovers methodically over a row of clear, water-filled containers on a tight-spaced industrial shelving system. She plucks a mollusk from one of the containers, observing the specimen as part of a study on freshwater mussel tolerances.
COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M institute dedicated to solving complex natural resource challenges through discovery, engagement, innovation and land stewardship has changed its name but not its mission, according to the institute’s director.
Megan Hess, an assistant researcher looking into declining mussel populations, was recognized this past week for her ongoing work to determine the ratio of male to female freshwater mussels among certain critically imperiled species.
COLLEGE STATION – The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected on three species in the Texas counties of Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King and Scurry.
The Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute will hold a social media workshop for natural resources professionals April 13-14 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin.
WEST COLUMBIA - The Brazos River passes - wide and muddy - through the Griffith family ranch. Floodwaters frequently prompt family members and an armada of cowboys for hire to round up their cows and move them to higher ground.
In this fourth issue, landowners will learn about wild pig control concerns, about considerations for hunting with dogs and get a peek at trending articles and videos.
For the past several months, a Texas A&M University System institute has been actively involved in efforts to quash a screwworm outbreak in Florida that has jeopardized an already endangered species.
Carter Smith talks about the Impact of the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program, Texas Agricultural Land Trust
In this Texas Agricultural Land Trust video, Carter Smith, Executive Director of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department explains the impact of the initial round of funding used to conserve working agricultural lands through the Texas Farm & Ranch Lands Conservation Program which provides grants for paid conservation easements to private land owners.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources bat research team is asking Texas residents to help document bat species and populations throughout the state.
Many ornamental plants popular in Central Texas landscapes can still grow and thrive when watered using half or less of the usual recommended irrigation amounts, according to research results recently published by two Texas A&M AgriLife institutes.
The population of federally-protected Key deer spread out between 11 different islands is roughly 875 following an outbreak of the flesh-eating New World screwworm, according to a study completed last week.
The Fire Summit 2016: Changing Fire Regimes, a regional conference on fire science in the Great Plains, is set for Dec. 7-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas.
In this third issue, landowners will learn about white-tailed deer management with considerations for wild pig control, read about considerations for the ethical harvest of wild pigs and get a peek at trending articles and videos.
Researchers studying the impact of small mammals on cave habitats with endangered invertebrate species got a prickly surprise when they discovered large numbers of porcupines parading in and out of dozens of caves in the San Antonio area.
N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced the federal designation of 33 counties as the North Carolina Sentinel Landscape, and the development of voluntary programs of incentives for landowners and local governments that desire to participate.
The U.S. Departments of Defense (DoD), Agriculture and the Interior today announced the addition of three military bases to the Sentinel Landscape Partnership, a conservation effort begun in 2013 to improve military readiness, protect at-risk and endangered species, enhance critical wildlife habitat and restore working agricultural and natural lands in the Southeast and Midwest.
In this second issue, landowners will get to see an urban wild pig video series, learn about the seasonal spotlight, emerging technology and innovation in wild pig management and hear about upcoming programs.
In this first issue, land stewards will meet the Wild Pig team, read the seasonal spotlight, learn about new Wild Pig continuing education courses and landowner cooperatives, hear about upcoming programs and much more...
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course March 30-31 in San Antonio.
The third annual Bennett Trust Resource Stewardship Conference is scheduled for April 14-15 at the Inn of the Hills Resort and Conference Center in Kerrville.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources has recently added a new interactive Web tool to its Texas Land Trends website, http://txlandtrends.org, allowing users to access land-use information released in 2014, according to an institute official
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course Oct. 21-22 in College Station.
A Private Land Stewardship Workshop has been slated from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 25 at the McGillivray and Leona McKie Muse Wildlife Management Area, 15 miles northeast of Brownwood off County Road 478.
To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas.
Agricultural landowners and land managers in the 15-county region of the Nueces River basin have the opportunity to receive technical and financial assistance to help protect, improve and enhance their agricultural lands. Through this conservation stewardship, landowners will reduce runoff from their land and helping improve the water quality and quantity that flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
Texas prescribed fire aficionados now have a series of free educational YouTube videos tailored specifically for the Lone Star State, the project’s leader said.
“The Value of Land,” a conference on issues affecting landowners, will be held May 8 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Angelina County,
2201 S. Medford Drive in Lufkin.
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 in Hamilton for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Leon River watershed.
A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and availability issues related to the Leon River will be held from 1-5 p.m. March 25 at the Rotary Building, 126 E. Blackjack St. in Dublin.
Does a tough modern rose really need 4 inches of water a month to survive a drought? Can a plant bounce back after an entire growing season without rain?
A nine-month drought of epic proportion begins Saturday. This one, however, is restricted to a small plot of land in southern San Antonio that the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) uses for research. When the scientific findings become available about a year from now, they should be a boon to home and business owners who want lovely landscapes that require little or no watering.
Results released this week of a multiyear, peer-reviewed research project, conducted in Texas, indicate dove hunters using shotshells loaded with lead pellets enjoy no advantage in effectiveness over those using shotshells firing non-toxic steel pellets of similar or slightly larger size.
Plugging in the human factor to woody plant encroachment will be the focus of a $1.4 million grant awarded to a team led by Dr. Bradford Wilcox, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ecologist in the department of ecosystem science and management in College Station.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources' Texas Land Trends has published its latest report on the status of the state's rural working lands, which include the state's forests, farms and ranches.
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Watershed Planning Program will present a social media workshop for natural resources professionals Oct. 28-29 at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, in Houston.
The vast majority of Texas land — 83 percent — is part of a farm, ranch or forest. But Texas is losing such rural land more than any other state, in large part because of the exploding growth of metropolitan areas, according to newly released data.
Two state agencies and one federal agency will conduct a multi-county Private Land Stewardship Field Day Nov. 5 at two sites in Coryell County.
Talk of Texas often conjures images of wide open ranch land and farmers at work their fields. But that iconic territory is being lost, according to a new analysis.
Texas experienced a net loss of nearly 1.1 million acres of privately owned farms, ranches and forests from 1997 to 2012, continuing the trend of rural land conversion and fragmentation in Texas, according to Dr. Roel Lopez, director of the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.
Texans concerned with the widespread decline of wild quail across the state can learn about measures to stop the loss by tuning in to three fall webinars starting Sept. 11.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will hold a social media training for natural resource professionals Sept. 10-11 at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Airport Commerce Park, 1340 Airport Commerce Drive in Austin.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will conduct a multi-county Range and Wildlife Management Field Day on Sept. 19 in Brown County for landowners interested in managing wildlife and livestock.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will hold three Landowners’ Planning and Management Workshops in August, September and October to address issues of importance to rural and semi-rural landholders in and around Bexar County.
The Texas Water Star Program will present the four-part “Earth-Kind Landscape School for Homeowners” program on four Saturdays during September and October, said program coordinators at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course July 22-23 in College Station.
The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Watershed Planning Program is hosting two training programs for water and natural resources professionals July 21-22 in San Antonio.
The Texas Water Star Program will present the “Sports and Athletic Field Workshop: Maintenance and Management” from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17 at Wolff Stadium, 5757 U. S. Highway 90, San Antonio.
The Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute is sponsoring a social media workshop for natural resources professionals June 18-19 in Room 113 of the Texas A&M University Agriculture and Life Sciences Building, 600 John Kimbrough Blvd., College Station.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-county Range and Wildlife Management Field Day May 6 in Coryell County for landowners interested in managing both wildlife and livestock.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course May 13-14 in College Station.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Bexar County will host the “Alamo Area Water and Land Stewardship – Class Day” from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. April 3 in San Antonio.
The Stone Oak Property Owners Association and Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District will co-host “A Rain Barrel Workshop” from 9 a.m.-noon April 12 at the property owners association offices at 19210 Huebner Road in San Antonio.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Water Star Program will present a Spring Grounds Maintenance Workshop from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. March 28 in San Antonio.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an Introduction to ArcGIS 10 training course March 24-25 in College Station.
More than 40 green industry and other professionals attended the recent Texas Water Star Program presentation of an Earth-Kind landscaping school at the San Antonio Garden Center in San Antonio.
Former President and Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson once said: “Saving the water and the soil must start where the first raindrop falls.”
In Texas, where about 95 percent of the land is privately owned, and 83 percent of that land is rural farms, ranches and forests, it is essential that all Texans understand the interconnection of land and water to ensure the healthy stewardship of both, according to natural resource professionals.
More Texans are leaving farming and ranching because of opportunities in urban areas, increased land prices and concerns about weather patterns fueled by drought.
The Texas Water Star Program will present the Earth-Kind Landscaping School from 8:15 a.m.–4 p.m. Feb. 14 at the San Antonio Garden Center, 3310 N. New Braunfels in San Antonio.
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will conduct an “Introduction to ArcGIS 10” training course Jan. 15-16 in College Station.
Some 200 Duval County seventh graders had a very special field trip Wednesday in Freer. The students were taken to the Temple Ranch to learn about nature.
Fort Bragg covers over 160,00 acres and is home to over 57,000 military personnel. If you think extraordinary training and military readiness are incompatible with a environmental protection and sustainability, think again. At Fort Bragg, the longleaf pine forests are flourishing and the training has never been better. Exploring North Carolina will show you this great American conservation story.
Though zebra mussels in Texas give mussels a bad name, other freshwater mussels are welcomed and needed in Texas waters.
Invasive zebra mussels, first confirmed in Texas in 2009, are causing major economic and environmental damages to Texas reservoirs. But unionid mussels, a family of freshwater mussels, are important indicators of water quality and stream health and play an important role in freshwater ecosystems, according to Dr. Charles Randklev, research scientist for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR).
The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will hold a social media training Nov. 6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 7887 U.S. Highway 87 North, San Angelo.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Trinity Waters will conduct the Trinity River Land and Water Summit from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine St. in Athens.
A Texas A&M University System institute is playing an integral role in a new federal, local and private collaboration
Researchers with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources have found that relocating freshwater mussels may be an effective strategy for saving populations affected by drought or bridge construction.
Most plant communities across North America are adapted to fire, and many plant and wildlife species are dependent upon fire for their survival. Fire suppression following European settlement in North America has caused these areas to dramatically change. Grasslands and prairies are being invaded by trees; savannas and open woodlands are becoming closed canopy forests; and prairie birds are declining with some species now threatened or endangered. It is critical that fire be restored to create and maintain the conditions necessary for the survival of our native plants and wildlife. Prescribed fire, sometimes also known as controlled burning, is the way land managers safely and effectively get fire back into these natural areas.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Trinity Waters, a conservation organization based in the Trinity River basin, will conduct three webinars for landowners in the Trinity River basin.
Increased production and economic stimulus are two of the most talked about outcomes emanating from South Texas' Eagle Ford shale. Given the arid region, water management has become a top priority for both operating companies and community stakeholders. In states where drilling activity is a fairly new commodity, hydraulic fracturing garners most of the attention. In the rapidly developing South Texas Eagle Ford, air quality is on the minds of both regulators and companies working the play.
The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct a “Social Media 101—Raising Stakeholder Awareness in an Information Age” workshop July 18 in Austin.
As feral hogs continue to barrel into suburban and urban areas -- and even into Dallas' city limits -- trappers are turning to smartphone technology to help catch the animals.
A new generation of wild-turkey researchers is seeking to answer questions about turkey population declines, habitat preferences, and geographic distribution. Their findings will influence turkey management for decades to come. But hunters can learn from them right now about where and how to hunt our most evasive gobblers.
The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct the “Social Media 101—Raising Stakeholder Awareness in an Information Age” training workshop May 15 in San Antonio.
Two interagency range and wildlife management field days for landowners, land managers and brush control contractors operating in possible endangered species habitat have been scheduled in late May.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will partner with several other agencies and entities to conduct a grazing workshop to focus on riparian areas from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Cowboy Church of Ennis.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a new publication available to help landowners monitor and manage the health of their native rangeland, said the author.
The Texas A&M Institute of Natural Resources will conduct a social media training workshop April 12 in Stephenville.
Dr. Bob Shaw would like to see more people out picking grass. Not just any ol’ grass, but new species that haven’t been documented in a particular county of Texas.
The Academy for Ranch Management has set the dates in 2013 for their annual Prescribed Burning School and Advanced Prescribed Burning School at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research-Sonora Station located on State Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.
The 2013 Golden-cheeked Warbler Symposium was held on January 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas, and was hosted and sponsored by Biodiversity Works. The symposium was also sponsored by Bandera Corridor Conservation Bank, Texas A&M University Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, and Zara Environmental LLC. The following is the list of presentations given at the 2013 Golden-cheeked Warbler Symposium.
Trinity Waters and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a new round of in-depth workshops on water and land management for agriculture producers and wildlife managers in the Trinity River basin.