• bobwhite
  • Austin, TX - The drought has taken a toll on all Texas wildlife resources, but among the hardest hit is the bobwhite quail. (outdoorhub.com)
  • The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), an annual field census survey used to track quail productivity, shows a decline in Texas bobwhite quail breeding numbers at a rate of 3.9 percent per year from 1970 to 2009. (outdoorhub.com)
  • Quail production in the Rolling Plains hit an all-time low, according to this year's BBS, and biologists say every bobwhite that survives the winter will be critical to next year's production. (outdoorhub.com)
  • According to the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative, a coalition of wildlife professionals across 25 states, bobwhite quail populations have plummeted nationwide by as much as 80 percent over the past half century by some estimates. (outdoorhub.com)
  • Quail Density: Line- transect- flush counts were conducted on horseback in the fall ( October) to estimate bobwhite density prior to hunting season and in the spring { March) to estimate post- hunting density. (ok.gov)
  • Bobwhite densities averaged about I quail/ 2 acres in the fall and 1 quail/ 15 acres in the spring for the 2 study areas. (ok.gov)
  • Quail Mortality: To evaluate bobwhite mortality, radio telemetry was used to monitor activity of the birds on the study areas. (ok.gov)
  • declines
  • We've been on point monitoring quail declines well before this current drought," said Clayton Wolf, Wildlife Director for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. (outdoorhub.com)
  • habitat
  • The topic has broad relevance, because grassland habitat used by quail is important for dozens of other wildlife species, and it also can affect water quantity and quality for people. (outdoorhub.com)
  • While TPWD wildlife biologists are focusing their efforts on assisting landowners develop habitat-based management strategies that can benefit quail and other grassland wildlife, the department is also taking action in other areas, including possible changes in hunting regulations. (outdoorhub.com)
  • Good news is that in one area of the state, the Gulf Prairies and Marshes region, quail numbers this year have actually risen due to proactive habitat management and adequate weather conditions. (outdoorhub.com)
  • Burned areas will likely provide good habitat after future rainfall events but for now they offer very little cover for quail and other wildlife," said Robert Perez, TPWD's upland game bird program leader. (outdoorhub.com)
  • On any given year, this native habitat may produce more than I quail/ acre. (ok.gov)
  • determine
  • Over the next few months, the TPWD Wildlife Division's upland game bird staff and technical committee will review season length, bag limits and the possibility of regional differences for quail season to determine if modifications to the 2012-13 seasons are warranted. (outdoorhub.com)
  • Two experiments were conducted to determine the extent of feral swine depredation on artificial quail nests. (tennessee.edu)
  • areas
  • Even in areas of the state where quail numbers have dropped considerably this year, particularly the Rolling Plains region in North Texas, there are still pockets with huntable numbers of bobwhites. (outdoorhub.com)