Statewide Symposium “Reversing the Decline of Quail” – Sept 16 – 18, 2015
As a Sponsor, RPQRR is urging quail enthusiasts to make plans to attend the Statewide Quail Symposium to be conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on September 16-18 in Abilene, Texas.
- The goal of the Statewide Quail Symposium is to bring together leading professionals and experts in quail management, research and conservation from across the state of Texas.
- This event will feature engaging presentations from speakers with a wide range of backgrounds, such as current land managers, research scientists and state agency professionals.
- Topics we will cover popular and relevant topics, including the state of quail hunting in Texas, monitoring quail habitat on private lands, technologies for tracking and managing quail, and much more.
This is a three day event:
- The Sept. 16 Trail Ranch tour presentations will include talks on quail management, economics, the Texas Quail Index, defining usable space for quail and brush sculpting.
- The Sept. 17 session slated for 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. will feature talks on the state of quail hunting in Texas, weather and quail, translocating wild quail for re-establishment and eyeworms, plus debates on pen-reared quail and cow and quail coexistence.
- The Sept. 18 session from 8-11:15 a.m. will feature talks on the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch, Quail-Tech, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Institute, Borderlands Research Institute and plans for the next biennium.
For more Information please see news release at http://today.agrilife.org/2015/06/30/statewide-quail-symposium-set-for-sept-16-18-in-abilene/ or the symposium’s website statewidequailsymposium.com/.
Addressing the Eyeworm Threat in Bobwhite Quail
Addressing the Eyeworm Threat in Bobwhite Quail from Dale Rollins on Vimeo.
- Bruno, A., A. M. Fedynich, A. Smith-Herron, and D. Rollins. 2015. Pathological response of northern bobwhites to Oxyspirura petrowi infections. Journal of Parasitology: In-Press.
- Dunham,N. R., L. A. Soliz, A. Brightman, D. Rollins, A. M. Fedynich, and R. J. Kendall. 2015. Live eyeworm (Oxyspirura petrowi) extraction, in vitro culture, and transfer for experimental studies. Journal of Parasitology: 101:98-101.
- Dunham, N. R., L. A. Soliz, A.M. Fedynich, D. Rollins and R. J. Kendall. 2014.
Evidence of an Oxyspirura petrowi epizootic in northern bobwhites (Colinus virginianus), Texas, USA. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 50:552-558.
- L Xiang, F Guo, H Zhang, L LaCoste, D Rollins, A Bruno, AM Fedynich, and G. Zhu. 2013. Gene discovery, evolutionary affinity and molecular detection of Oxyspirura petrowi, an eye worm parasite of game birds. BMC Microbiology 13:233.
Operation Idiopathic Decline: Texas Tech Researchers Discover Blood-Sucking Parasite Epidemic in Wild Quail
Operation Idiopathic Decline confirmed that bobwhites across the Rolling Plains of Tx and OK are heavily infested with eyeworms and cecal worms. Additional research is underway at the Tx Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University to assess how eyeworms impact flying and foraging ability of quail, and towards the development of a method to treat wild quail for these two roundworms. Here the lead investigator on the project, Dr. Ron Kendall, provides an update.
Operation Idiopathic Decline: Search for the Smoking Gun
The role that disease and parasites may play in quail dynamics has been largely ignored since the 1920s. After the (in our opinion) inexplicable decline of quail in the Rolling Plains, the Board of RPQRF “got serious” about disease and funded a comprehensive project dubbed “Operation Idiopathic Decline.” Currently (as of Feb 2014), the RPQRF has invested $3.4 million into this ground-breaking study of disease and parasites. This webisode explains OID in more depth.