The fourth annual Distinguished Lectureship in Quail Management conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is set for for 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 28 in Roby.
The program will be held in the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall located at 107 N. College Street.
"As I've stressed in years past, this program is more for true 'students of quail' than it is for the casual quail observer or occasional hunter," said Dr. Dale Rollins, director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch located just west of the meeting site.
The theme for this year's lectureship is The Art of Quail Management.
This year's featured speaker is Brad Mueller of Monticello, Fla. Mueller will present "An Overview of the Quail Situation in the Southeastern U.S." and a second talk that will address quail restoration strategies, including introducing farm-reared and wild-caught birds.
"Mueller's breadth of real-world experience on troubleshooting quail problems qualifies him for a place in the lectureship series," Rollins said.
Rollins said Mueller's company, American Wildlife Enterprises, specializes in radio telemetry transmitters for quail and other wildlife research. Prior to entering the private sector, he worked at the Tall Timbers Research Station in Tallahassee, where he was involved in problem-solving research on private plantations in northern Florida and southern Georgia. Rollins said the lecture series is an important part of the research ranch's mission.
"When the ranch was created in 2007, I wanted to host an annual meeting to showcase leaders in quail management from across the U.S.," Rollins said. "The past three years' meetings have drawn standing-room-only crowds, so we've moved the program to a larger venue. I expect this year's meeting to be equally as exciting as the last three and urge those planning to attend to register early."
The event will include updates on various research and educational efforts conducted at the ranch and elsewhere across Texas. One featured presentation will be an overview of diseases and parasites of quail to be presented by Dr. Markus Peterson, an associate professor in the department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University at College Station. The program is sponsored by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, Texas AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension’s Quail Decline Initiative, the Quail Coalition and the Texas Wildlife Association.
Individual pre-registration is $20 by Jan. 21 and $30 thereafter. The fee will cover refreshments and the noon meal.
For more information and to pre-register contact Rollins at 325-653-4576, firstname.lastname@example.org.