The latest in quail research, aided in large part by a number of Texas organizations, is now available in a 386-page volume, “Quail VII: Proceedings of the Seventh National Quail Symposium.”
Quail VII content is diverse, containing more than 80 papers and abstracts with 27 state and federal agencies, universities and institutes reporting on their work at the Seventh National Quail Symposium in January 2012 in Tucson, Ariz.
The volume was made possible by contributions by organizations including the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville, the Texas Tech Quail Tech Alliance in Lubbock and the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch near Roby.
Quail VII covers a variety of topics, including translocation of mountain quail and northern bobwhite, phylogeography of scaled quail and bobwhites (northern bobwhite, Yucatán bobwhite, spot-bellied bobwhite and crested bobwhite), hybridization of Gambel’s and California quail, Mearns’ (Montezuma) quail, nutrition, arthropods, exotic grasses, the Conservation Reserve Program, predation, parasites, eyeworms, survival, reproduction, thermoregulation, harvest prescriptions, climate change, economics, conservation planning and attitudes of private landowners.
Quail VII has the latest research and management on the endangered masked bobwhite. The masked bobwhite is even closer to extinction than other gallinaceous birds recently in the news, the Gunnison sage grouse and lesser prairie-chicken. Quail VII includes one of the most comprehensive reviews of masked bobwhite habitat and populations to date by species expert David E. Brown, plus the latest on natural and artificial restoration efforts in the United States and Mexico, and a review of effects of invasive grasses on masked bobwhite.
Quail VII also includes executive summaries of both the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative 2.0 and The Western Quail Plan, ensuring a permanent published record of these ground-breaking initiatives.