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It should come as no surprise that wildlife ranch managers, especially in southern Texas, love their bobwhite quail. Unfortunately, populations of northern bobwhites have steadily declined in the United States, prompting wildlife managers to lend a helping hand by providing supplemental feed. But is feeding quail a well-intended act of kindness or a misguided action?
The Montezuma quail is a secretive gamebird native to the mountainous regions of Mexico and the Southwestern United States. In Texas, the Montezuma quail can be found in the mountains (Davis, Del Norte and Glass) and hills of West Texas and the southern Edwards Plateau. They have been studied primarily in Arizona, Mexico and, to a lesser extent, West Texas. However, little research has been conducted on this species in the Edwards Plateau.
In October, Fred C. Bryant, Ph.D. was honored as the 2016 Texas Outdoorsman of the Year. The ballroom at the San Antonio Country Club was filled with more than 100 close friends, family, and conservationists from across the state who gathered to commemorate Bryant’s induction into the distinguished group known as Outdoorsmen.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has selected Stephen J. “Tio” Kleberg and Dr. Fred C. Bryant to be inducted in the 2017 Texas Conservation Hall of Fame. They are being honored for their individual achievements and their work together at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI). Bryant is the Leroy G. Denman, Jr. Endowed Director of the CKWRI at Texas A&M University- Kingsville. The institute provides science-based information for enhancing the conservation and management of wildlife.