August 16, 2013

SUL ROSS BORDERLANDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE RECEIVES $25,000 QUAIL RESEARCH GRANT

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Park Cities Quail (PCQ) of the Dallas area has awarded $25,000 to the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University for quail research.

The funds will be used for the BRI’s Desert Quail Program. Dr. Ryan Luna, assistant professor of Natural Resource Management, said the grant will be used in several capacities.

“We are studying nest site selection and nest success on three different ranches,” he said. “We are also looking at clutch sizes and how they might change with environmental conditions; as well as identifying species predating on quail nests, and determining if there are any correlations between nest sites where predation occurs.”

In addition, Luna said research funds will be used to compare nesting sites, food sources and habitat use by Gambel’s and blue scaled quail. Studies on habitat use with and without spiking (use of herbicides to control invasive vegetation) will also be conducted.

Park Cities Quail is a non-profit organization directed by Dallas area volunteers. In the past seven years, the group has raised and donated nearly $3.4 million for quail research and youth education. PCQ is a charter chapter of the Texas Quail Coalition, a statewide organization of 13 chapters and over 4,000 members.

“The Texas Quail Coalition has emerged as a very strong leader in quail conservation and research,” said Dr. Louis Harveson, BRI director and professor of Natural Resource Management. “The Cross Timbers Chapter and the San Antonio Chapter have also donated $5,000 each to this effort.”