Elizabeth Fortner, Texas A&M University – Commerce

Survival and Success of Translocated Wild California Quail in Texas

Abstract: For > 50 years, the Northern Bobwhite quail population has steadily declined in the state of Texas. The primary factors driving the decline of bobwhites are changing land use practices (e.g., high intensity agriculture) and climate (e.g., drought). To aid in quail conservation, many landowners have restored quail habitat; however, no resident quail exist for repopulation. To add to research data related to the Northern Bobwhite, our research will evaluate translocating California quail to Northeast Texas by measuring their survival, home range, and breeding success through radio telemetry and GPS tracking. The California quail was chosen because of their adaptability to changing landscapes and drought conditions. The data from this project should help us learn more about the hardiness of California quail, how their reactions to environmental changes differ from that of the native bobwhite populations, and contribute to quail translocation knowledge. A bonus to the project is that it will provide an additional quail species for the Northeast Texas public to enjoy.

Presentation Author(s):
*Elizabeth Fortner and Kelly Reyna

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