America’s greatest gamebird has declined ~80% since 1967, with populations at an all-time low. Habitat loss, modified land-use practices, increasing vector species (e.g., feral hogs), and harsh climate top the list of suspect factors contributing to the decline; although other factors (e.g., disease, predation) play an increasingly important role when population numbers are down.
The North Texas Quail Corridor Initiative removes the threat of habitat loss by combining thousands of acres of quail habitat.
Quail thrive in large populations spread over thousands of acres. As habitat becomes fragmented, smaller populations form which are more susceptible to malicious factors. UNT Quail works with landowners to form large quail corridors where neighboring landowners work together to create contiguous wildlife habitat. Quail corridors will be established in each county and will be linked together to form the North Texas Quail Corridor consisting of 300,000 acres of quail haibtat suitable for an array of wildlife. The North Texas Quail Corridor Initiative is comprised of a network of individuals that work together to increase the abundance of quail habitat; thus supporting larger, sustainable populations. All this is done while realizing, and often improving, ranch goals.
The North Texas Quail Corridor Initiative is an effort to establish quail corridors in Texas to expand and preserve the abundance of quail habitat and healthy rangeland.
UNT-Quail is establishing quail corridors in the green focal area. Enroll your ranch and get your neighbors on board to create the largest quail corridor in Texas. Don't know your neighbors? No problem! Dr. Kelly Reyna will visit with you to create a corridor in your county. Many properties will have the opportunity to be highligted in a demonstration "field day", and be part of implementing research solutions.
Each partnering ranch works with Dr. Kelly Reyna to establish, or be a part of, a quail habitat corridor. More usable space for quail means larger areas of conducive environmental conditions for larger quail populations. While there is no fee, philanthropic gifts are encouraged to fuel the trucks and keep the conservation effort moving forward. To find out how you can support this effort, visit the UNT Quail Giving Page