SAN ANGELO Texas Cooperative Extension will offer a Texas Quail Index Training for new Index cooperators on April 24-25 at the Texas A&M University System Research and Extension Center in San Angelo.
The workshop starts at 1:30 p.m. April 24 and ends at noon April 25.
Dr. Dale Rollins, Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and originator of the index, said the index, is a series of counts used to estimate quail abundance and measurements of habitat conditions. The index, is now in the final year of a five-year demonstration that has included 70 sites across Texas.
The workshop teaches counting techniques cooperators need to know to measure the quail population on their property.
“I believe there is immeasurable value in having the landowner doing these counts themselves,” Rollins said. “When the landowner does these counts personally, it gets them to thinking like a quail,’ and that’s a good thing. There’s a lot of truth to the old adage that the best fertilizer is the footprint of the farmer.’
“When I visit with a landowner who wants to try food plots, feeders or some kind of brush management, I encourage then to do so. But they should have a way to evaluate the quail response to such treatments. The Texas Quail Index provides them with that opportunity.”
Individual registration is $10 at the door. Participants are asked to R.S.V.P. to Rollins by April 21.
For more information and to R.S.V.P., call Rollins at (325) 653-4576.