Quail Masters 2011 dates set

ROBY - The dates of this year's four QuailMasters 2011 quail management workshops that focus on bobwhite and scaled quail have been set, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service specialist.The workshops will be coordinated by Dr. Dale Rollins, San Angelo-based AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist. Rollins will also be the instructor for the series along with Karla Welch, an educational consultant with the Texas Wildlife Association. Rollins said participants are expected to attend all four of the three-day workshops which begin in April and run through October.Sessions and locations are:• April 30 - May 2, Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch at Roby.• June 4-6, Wichita Falls.• Aug. 20-22, (location TBA).• Oct. 15-17, Kingsville.The series co-sponsored by AgriLife Extension and the Texas Wildlife Association is not for the casual quail proponent, Rollins said."The workshop topics, exercises and homework will be rigorous, thought-provoking and taught at a college-senior level," he said. The target audience is landowners interested in quail management, quail hunters, Master Naturalists and college students seeking up-to-date quail information. Hands-on exercises and a mix of lectures and field trips will round out the curriculum. Students will also build plant and seed collections from their own properties and learn how to evaluate management practices."Our goal is to make the students quail experts," Rollins said. "We want graduates to come away from the series with the knowledge to speak comfortably on quail biology, ecology, technology and sociology."Students will see some of the best quail ranches in the nation and learn firsthand how good management can enhance quail numbers," he said.The series is limited to 35 participants, so early sign-up is advised. Individual tuition is $400 which includes several meals and educational support materials.Three hours of graduate college credit are available for an additional charge through Texas A&M University's wildlife and fisheries sciences department.For more information, contact Rollins at 325-653-4576, d-rollins@tamu.edu .