Raptors, a.k.a. “birds of prey,” include eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and many other species. The term raptor is derived from the Latin word rapio, meaning to seize or take by force; this is quite apt as raptors will often swoop down and seize prey with their large talons. But which species are the main predators of quail?
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Dr. Dale Rollins served as professor and extension wildlife specialist for The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in San Angelo from 1987-present. He also held a research appointment at Texas A&M University until 2013 and has served as the executive director for the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation (RPQRR) since its inception in 2007. Dr. Rollins’ passion for quail resulted in the idea for Texas Brigades, which expands conservation education efforts by developing wildlife ambassadors. Texas Brigades educates and empowers youth with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries and land stewardship.
Today, Rollins serves as the Project Specialist for Texas A&M’s “Reversing the Quail Decline” initiative. He's received numerous awards including being named a ‘Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream Magazine, a “Quail Crusader” by Outdoor Life, and the National Quail Calling Champion from Quail Unlimited in 2002.
Rollins earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, his master’s degree in wildlife ecology (specializing in bobwhite and scaled quail) from Oklahoma State University, and his Ph.D. in range management from Texas Tech University.
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