Dabbert hosts bobwhite project field day
A review of a productive environmental quality incentives program, along with a tour of a field research site, highlighted a May 22 USDA-NRCS/MSU Bobwhite Restoration Project Field Day in Morton and Muleshoe.
Hosted by Brad Dabbert, an associate professor with Texas Tech University’s Department of Natural Resources Management, and graduate research assistant Eric Abercrombie, the event drew some 64 natural resources professionals and private landowners to hear details concerning quail management in the High Plains.
Program highlights included overviews of bobwhite and scaled quail biology, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and wildlife management practices, as well as effects of EQIP practices on quail populations. Grazing and brush management, and the use of prescribed fire as a management technique were also discussed.
In addition, participants took a field tour of one of the eight study sites used in research evaluating bobwhite and scaled quail responses to EQIP practices in the Shortgrass Prairie Bird Conservation Region at Texas Tech. The project is partially funded by the USDA-NRCS/MSU Bobwhite Restoration Project.
Others topic reviewed were:
• Identification of key quail food and cover vegetation
• Instruction on formation and the benefits of quail and wildlife cooperatives
• Conducting quail counts and vegetation monitoring
• And, harvest management and estimating reproductive success.