NRM, National Ranching Heritage Center host 'Quailapalooza' for youth
Children 5- to 12-years old had a hands-on opportunity to see how scientists study quail during the annual Quailapalooza on Saturday (Apr. 23) at the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) at Texas Tech University.
For many ranchers, the northern bobwhite quail is a treasured rangeland inhabitant, said Brad Dabbert, Texas Tech's Burnett Foundation Endowed Professor of Quail Ecology who shared his knowledge with some of the area's youngest students. "Unfortunately, bobwhite populations are declining throughout their historic range in Texas," he said.
The NRHC partnered with Tech's Department of Natural Resources Management to host a hands-on educational presentation for children focusing on Northern Bobwhite Quail and the science behind studying this ecology.
Dabbert and Texas Tech graduate students gave participants the opportunity to see live adult quail and chicks, learn about thermal cameras and radiotelemetry, observe a quail nest and eggs, learn what quail eat and how scientists capture them, and see how scientists use cameras to study bobwhites and quail predators.
Supported by the Ranching Heritage Association and Texas Tech, the NRHC is a 27-acre museum and historical park offering educational programs and exhibits to promote interest in ranching history and contemporary ranching issues. Located at 3121 4th St., the center provides 49 authentic dwellings and ranch structures from some of the nation's most historic ranches.
CONTACT: Brad Dabert, Burnett Foundation Professorship in Quail Ecology, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-1248 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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