SAN ANGELO – Fast-flying Texas quail are joining the “social media” craze thanks to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist.
Over the past six months, Dr. Dale Rollins of San Angelo has worked with the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) to produce a series of YouTube videos highlighting ongoing quail research and management tips.
Eight of those “webisodes” are now available on the Texas Wildlife Association’s website at: http://www.texas-wildlife.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=275&Itemid=263 . Rollins said six more are in the works and more taping is planned for this fall and winter.
The videos are being funded by AgriLife Extension’s Quail Decline Initiative in collaboration with other partners including the Texas Wildlife Association, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and the William Stamps Farish Fund, according to Rollins.
“This new technology was a perfect fit for AgriLife Extension’s Quail Decline Initiative, because it allowed us to show research-driven results to land managers in real time and on site from our Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby,” Rollins said.
“Many landowners have a tough time attending traditional AgriLife Extension field days and programs these days. These webisodes are made especially for that audience,” he said.
Rollins said the webisodes are ideal for absentee landowners, because they can be viewed by anyone, anytime as long as they have adequate Internet service.
“It’s a great way of providing technology transfer and piquing someone’s interest in quail management,” Rollins said.
The video clips will also be used for the Texas Wildlife Association’s new Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (LANDS) classroom curriculum, which features lessons on quail biology and management.
For more information, contact Rollins at 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org .