This issue includes information about a bobwhite study in southwest Missouri.
Articles in the Fall 2012 issue include:
- a feature on the national initiative (NBCI) to address the bobwhite quail decline,
- a note from the Editor about the content of the Upland Gazette,
- a landowner success story about restoring wildlife habitat,
- a description of the duties of Wildlife Commission District Biologists and how they can help citizens,
- summaries of university research on quail and songbird habitat needs,
- a feature about piebald deer, and
- a “how-to” article about the tradition of rabbit trapping in North Carolina.
Learn how to conduct fall covey counts, about native warm-season grass performance during drought, read a landowner success story and check out upland game bird regulations and much more.
Summer 2012 issue of Texas Tech’s Quail-Tech Alliance Quail-News…reports on supplemental feeding, whistle counts and predator monitoring.
The 2012 quail nesting season in South Texas got off to a great start because of some late winter and early spring rains. The month of June was extremely hot and dry. Those tough conditions probably curtailed a good bit of nesting activity. As I type this—in mid-July—we have had two weeks of unsettled weather with frequent but widely scattered storm cells throughout South Texas. Technically, we are still enduring drought conditions. Biologically, however, we received enough rain to get the quail production engine started, and keep it running, in at least some places. Thus, we have a basis for some cautious optimism this coming hunting season….
Do you ever wonder why the rain showers simply split and bypass your ranch? With a little over 86% of Texas in drought, I imagine most of you do. As conditions become more dry and brittle, quail are affected in many ways. Check out the “Where is El Nino?” section of this newsletter to see what you can do to buffer quail from these extreme condition. Call counts are finally finished! Call counts in the North Texas Quail Corridor averaged 2.7 birds per stop (3 birds per stop is considered “good”). Call counts ranged from 5.5 birds to 0.2 birds per stop with an appearance of a rebound in some areas. The Quail Calendar is Full. You’ll likely have a busy end to your summer with all the quail happenings in Texas. The NBTC meeting occurs in August, the North Texas Quail Symposium is September 21st, the Quail Coalition is hosting many banquets during this time, and several opportunities exist to train your bird dog. Supporting Quail Conservation has never been more important.
The latest update from Dale Rollins and the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch in
San Angelo, Texas.
The summer of 2012, while not as hot as last year, has been mostly a bummer for bobwhites. What started out as a potential rebound, given a wet winter, mostly disintegrated come June, just when La Nina was supposed to ceding climatic control to her more benevolent brother El Nino. At best any budding El Nino has surfaced as being a shy, freckle-faced sibling. I say freckle-faced because I cannot remember a summer punctuated by more spotty precipitation. Here in west Texas there have been numerous little rain showers to provide some relief from the afternoon heat, but it’s been a real case of “haves and have nots.”
For a Central American dictator, he died a natural death—he was shot in the back.” ‒ Will Rogers
As Will Rogers noted, context is everything when interpreting “natural mortality.” For a deer fawn at this time of the year, natural mortality might take the form of a coyote. For a turkey hen, perhaps it’s a bobcat. For a horned lizard, the Grim Reaper poses as a roadrunner. For a turkey vulture, perhaps it’s a Dodge truck.
If you’re a hapless quail, you’ve got many, many enemies.. writes Dale Rollins in “Natural Mortality through a Quail’s Eyes.”
This issue also contains updates on Rolling Plains research, brood counts and spring whistle counts.
Dances with Bird Dogs, by Dale Rollins, an update on disease and parasite research, and early quail calling reports are among the stories in this issue.