March 24, 2015


quail truck

Pictured (from left) are: Dr. Ryan Luna and Park Cities Quail Coalition leaders Lance Charriere, Jay Stine, Dick McCallum, Matt Perry-Miller, and Robert Powers.

The vehicle fleet at Borderlands Research Institute is growing! Quail coalitions from across Texas teamed up with Park Cities Quail to make donations for the procurement of a new Chevrolet pickup for quail research at BRI. Quail Coalition chapters that assisted Park Cities Quail with the purchase were; Cross Timbers Quail Coalition, San Antonio Quail Coalition, and South Texas Quail Coalition. We at BRI are grateful for the continued support from these organizations.

The new quail research truck has already been put to use on four different quail projects across the Trans-Pecos and one project in New Mexico. Ongoing research that will be aided by this new quail truck includes obtaining baseline data on quail ecology (diets, movements, nest success, recruitment, and survival) and investigating population responses to various management practices (prescribed fire, brush management, supplemental feeding, and water improvements). “We at BRI are grateful for the continued support from these organizations,” said Dr. Ryan Luna, research scientist and assistant professor of Natural Resource Management. "The addition of this truck will help get researchers in the field to identify factors that have caused quail populations to decline over the past few decades.”