Saving a Texas rite of passage
Reyna has signed up 47 landowners with 565,000 acres, or about 882 square miles. He in discus tiffanys sions with ranchers who own an additional 100,000 acres. has been amazing.
A viable population of 50,000 quail requires 200,000 to 500,000 acres of linked habitat, Reyna noted. a big enough number of birds that they can survive a drought or other threats. That the point of the North Texas corridor. Its researchers are trapping birds and reintroducing them to areas from which they had vanis tiffanys hed, as well as monitoring the progress of pen raised quail released in the wild. Siren call of the outdoorsThe corridor project rapid growth is rooted in economics, Reyna said. one key is that most of these people have to make a living off the land with their cattle, he said. previous researchers had done was advise them to pull their cattle, and they said that not conducive to this ranch life we are living. I said wa tiffanys s that there is a way for both of those things to happen. It about rotating your cattle and giving the land a rest and creating a healthy ecosystem with cattle still grazing there. they are for that. first landowners to join were Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell, who own a 14,000 acre ranch in Clay County, near Wichita Falls. has been amazing what Kelly has done with this plan, Clark said. the song he singing, the fact that he marrying what the property owner wants with the outcome on his ranch with the wildlife. sell themselves; they are the sexy wildlife species out there. He came up for air, and education, at the University of Texas at Dallas before returning to another enclosure of sorts spending six years as a software engineer in a windowless office. Even in the third year of a drought, the 2,000 acre ranch is covered in a thick blanket of native grasses, kept healthy by rotating cattle and sheep between pastures, foreman Danny Parker said. it good cattle habitat, it good quail habitat. One thing helps the other. been doing quail monitoring for a while, Clark said. also do intensely managed grazing, where we move the cattle every day, sometimes multiple times a day. listening to Kelly. Together with UNT Quail, I believe we learning about the impact of this type of grazing. We rotating frequently, but now we are doing it in an even more targeted way. too soon to declare victory, but Clay County ranchers are detecting a bobwhite call of success, Clark said. are all hearing more quail in the spring and even through the summer. of the guys that want to get them back, want them back for hunting. the most part, the ranchers here have an appetite and interest in promoting the quail population back to the historical standard, he said. gets all the credit. He brought us all together. 23. The outlook, as usual in recent years, is below average. But experts hope the research funding will reverse the trend. putting $4 million on the ground in the next two years, and those funds are going to be for projects like the UNT corridor, said Robert Perez, who leads the state upland (nonwater) game bird tiffanys program. are the boots on the ground for trying to get incentives for landowners to do things differently. Two graduate assistants and 16 undergraduate volunteers conduct surveys in the spring and fall at each property. are listening to birds to establish a base line. That is missing from a lot of programs. We need to be able to measure it and collect data, Perez said key because you have something years down the road to say how it worked, where it worked and where it didn work, and you learn from that. birds tell you where you have been successful.