Category: What’s New



Thanks to the Dixon Water Foundation, the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) will enhance a songbird conservation program that will connect landowners, birders and the public through community engagement activities. The $25,000 grant will fund field trips focused on birds and implement a citizen science project that will monitor bird populations ... Read More
July 13, 2020Stacey Dewald
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The Trans-Pecos region of Texas has four species of quail: the scaled quail, Gambel’s quail, Montezuma (Mearns) quail, and northern bobwhite. Currently, little research regarding parasites has been conducted in the Trans-Pecos; however, it is thought that parasites could be influencing range, health, reproduction, and survival of scaled quail, Gambel’s ... Read More
July 6, 2020Stacey Dewald


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has awarded a third six-figure grant to the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) for a grassland enhancement project in Marfa and Marathon. The funds will be matched dollar for dollar by private sources including funds from landowners and dollars raised by BRI, doubling the ... Read More
July 6, 2020Stacey Dewald


Childhood visits to Texas state parks led Rachel Bittner to choose an education and a career path involving wildlife. “My parents started taking me camping before I could walk,” said Rachel. “We camped and hiked and fished in state parks across Texas. I learned to love nature, wildlife and the ... Read More
June 25, 2020Stacey Dewald
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The seminar series got underway in January 2020, but three of the seminars were cancelled—one due to weather and the others to the COVID-19 pandemic. The seminar series is being rebooted for the fall with new topics and speakers. The seminar series is designed to engage a broad constituency ... Read More
June 23, 2020Stacey Dewald
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Texan by Nature, a Texas-led conservation nonprofit, recently announced that the Respect Big Bend Coalition has been named a 2020 Conservation Wrangler. Texan by Nature’s Conservation Wrangler program is recognizing six innovative conservation projects across the state of Texas for their science-based and results-driven approach to conservation along with ... Read More
May 19, 2020Stacey Dewald


In a year of “many firsts,” Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI) announced the first time it has broken tradition and awarded four scholarships, vs. the customary two. Three of the four recipients this year are graduate students at the Borderlands Research Institute: Jacob Locke, Rachel Bittner, and Alex Chavez.
May 5, 2020Stacey Dewald


When you are a professor who teaches wildlife management courses to undergraduate and graduate students, you get used to things not always going as planned. Wildlife doesn’t always cooperate. A field research day might get rained out. A hypothesis might not pan out as a student expected. So, when the ... Read More
April 27, 2020Stacey Dewald


In the Marfa grasslands of Far West Texas, volunteers contributed over 1,600 hours toward grassland bird captures this winter. We had volunteers from all over Texas, and 15 volunteers from Chihuahua, Mexico!
April 6, 2020Stacey Dewald
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The Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross State University was well represented at the annual Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society meeting that was held in February in Corpus Christi. The meeting draws wildlife professionals from across the state who gather to learn from each other through workshops, research ... Read More
April 2, 2020Stacey Dewald