Extension Agent: Quail appreciation day upcoming

By Peter J. McGuill
April 29, 2014 at midnight
Updated April 28, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Victoria County is hosting a Quail Appreciation Day program set for May 20 beginning at the McFaddin Mercantile in McFaddin.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. followed by the program at 9 a.m. Adjournment is set for 4:30 p.m. McFaddin is on Farm-to-Market Road 445 off of U.S. Highway 77 south.

The region in and around Victoria County has historically been prime quail habitat, and for generations, we've enjoyed the rich culture surrounding the hunting of wild quail. Unfortunately, we haven't enjoyed those glory days in quite a while.

The goal of this program is to offer some thought and show some possibilities being demonstrated at various sites in an effort to once again re-establish viable wild quail populations across the area.

Individual preregistration is $10 by May 12 and $20 thereafter. The fee includes lunch and refreshments. To preregister, call the AgriLife Extension office in Victoria County at 361-575-4581.

The program's keynote speaker will be Dr. Dale Rollins. Rollins is the state coordinator for the Reversing the Decline of Quail in Texas initiative, director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby and a retired AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo.

His topics will include getting to know quail, appreciating quail, restocking, cows and quail, foods and feeding, predators, including fire ants, and research updates.

Following lunch, the group will travel to the three tour stops. Stop one will deal with establishing management goals, plant identification and quail habitat evaluation. Stop two will cover dummy nests and Eggshell CSI, which is a type of predator monitoring system using planted chicken eggs.

Stop three will include predation management alternatives, predator assessments and a "Run for your Life" interactive quail habitat exercise.

For more information, contact Peter McGuill at 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.

Texas Watershed Steward Workshop

A Texas Watershed Steward Workshop on water quality issues related to the Lavaca and Navidad rivers will be from 1 to 5 p.m. May 22 at the Victoria Educational Gardens, 283 Bachelor Drive, Victoria.

The no-cost training is open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the coastal bend region, said program coordinators. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at tws.tamu.edu.

The workshop is presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in coordination with the Texas Water Resources Institute.

The workshop is designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in local watershed protection and management activities.

The workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas but will primarily focus on water quality issues relating to the Lavaca and Navidad rivers, including current efforts to help improve and protect water in the area.

Although the workshop will focus on these two particular bodies of water, the information presented is applicable to all rivers, lakes, bays and estuaries in the region.

Along with the free training, participants receive a free copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion.

The program also offers four continuing education units in soil and water management for certified crop advisors, four units for professional engineers and certified planners and four continuing education credits for certified teachers.

It also offers three general continuing education units for Texas Department of Agriculture.

Peter J. McGuill is the Victoria County extension agent-ag and natural resources. Contact him at 361-575-4581 or pjmcguill@ag.tamu.edu.



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