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.