Story by Craig Nyhus, Lone Star Outdoor News
This story originally appeared in the May 14 issue of Lone Star Outdoor News
A gathering of quail enthusiasts stood in the bright sun and winds of Fisher County on May 7 to celebrate stepping forward for quail research, to welcome a new leader and to acknowledge the efforts of the old.
At the Rolling Plains Quail Research Center, in Roby, leaders of Park Cities Quail Coalition, employees of the center, construction company representatives and even the County Judge watched the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new headquarters facility at the research ranch.
“I can’t believe we aren’t hearing birds call,” said outgoing executive director Dale Rollins.
There will be a place, though, for a new house covey to cruise through the grounds. And when completed, researchers won’t have to work either outside or in a shipping container when examining birds, and visiting students and researchers will have a place to work and to stay.
The new headquarters will be positioned in a picturesque area of the ranch, highlighted by two big live oak trees.
The $2.4 million facility was funded with gifts from Park Cities Quail Coalition and private individuals, and is expected to be completed in early 2022.
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