The distinct whistle of the quail, once a prominent hallmark across the open spaces of Texas, has softened to a faint echo in many parts of the state.
Can the trend be reversed? Landowners and leading quail researchers improving quail populations and restoring habitat in Texas say “yes”, and they will share their success stories and ideas on April 16 in Houston at the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation (TWAF) Quail Conservation Awards and Fundraising Gala.
The TWAF Quail Conservation Awards were established to recognize ranches and leases that promote quail habitat and restoration management in Texas. Pre-eminent quail experts such as Dr. Dale Rollins and Dr. Fred Bryant selected award finalists in two categories, Quail Stewardship and Quail Habitat Restoration, in a competitive process that included site visits and evaluations. The award winners and finalists will be recognized at the Gala. Dr. Rollins, Dr. Bryant and many of the other judges will be in attendance to visit with landowners and quail enthusiasts about techniques and strategies to improve quail populations and habitat.
A highlight of the event is the recognition of Joe Coleman of Houston and A.V. Jones Jr. of Albany as recipients of the Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award in Quail Management.
The TWAF Quail Conservation Awards and Fundraising Gala begins at 6 p.m. (for the general public) on Thursday, April 16, at the Omni Hotel in Houston (4 Riverway, Houston, Tx, 77056). Individual tickets for the event begin at $250, with ticket sponsorships beginning at $500, and table sponsorships range from $1500-$25,000.
“The Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership in quail conservation and stewardship,” said Dan Flournoy, TWAF Trustee and Gala Co-Chairman. “Both Mr. Coleman and Mr. Jones Jr. demonstrate a tremendous amount of passion and dedication for the future of Texas’ wildlife. We were very fortunate to have had a slate of very deserving candidates who were nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Gala Co-Chairman John Baker notes, “The Quail Conservation Awards to be presented at the Gala are the result of a detailed judging process of on the ground quail conservation efforts. The nominees, finalists and especially the winners are to be commended for their efforts on behalf our wildlife and it habitat.”
Quail Stewardship Finalists
North Region – Snipes Ranch (Stonewall County), Wild Wings Ranch (Scurry County), Hailey Ranch (Shackelford County)
South Region – Temple Ranch (Duval County), Las Dos Palomas Ranch (Brooks County), La Bandera Ranch (Medina/Frio counties)
Desert Region – Cibolo Creek Ranch (Presidio County), Hammond Ranch (Pecos County,) Circle Ranch (Hudspeth County)
Quail Habitat Restoration Finalists
Private Lands – Davis Ranch (Runnels County), Gato Montes Ranch (Jim Hogg County), Jarita Creek Ranch (Jim Wells County), Sheffield Ranch (Wilson County)
Cooperatives – Wildlife Habitat Federation (Austin County), Katy Prairie Conservancy (Harris County), Western Navarro Bobwhite Recovery Cooperative (Navarro County)
The event’s activities begin at 5 p.m. with an award nominees and judges reception (invitation only), followed by a reception from 6 - 7:00 p.m., and a dinner and auction from 7 – 9 p.m. concludes the evening.
“With the support resulting from the TWAF Quail Conservation Awards and Fundraising Gala, the Foundation will continue to pursue its vision of Ensuring a Legacy of Conservation and the Heritage of Hunting through Education. The winner’s demonstrable successes relative to quail and quail habitat are another important outcome of voluntary land stewardship. These positive results for notably one of the most troubled of species elsewhere in the United States can enhance our education efforts to improve natural resource literacy across Texas,” explains Charles Davidson, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation President.
Proceeds from this event will be used for youth education, quail programs, and conservation initiatives. Because TWAF is a 501(c)3 foundation, a majority of the table cost is tax deductible.
Texas Wildlife Association Foundation (TWAF) and Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) Background
The Texas Wildlife Association Foundation (TWAF), formed in 1991, is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, dedicated to providing science-based educational programs about wildlife and habitat conservation to all Texans. TWAF’s educational programs focus on the youth of today so they will become responsible citizens of tomorrow. Our sister organization, Texas Wildlife Association, has been conducting education for the past 16 years. TWAF collaborates with like-minded organizations, such as the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA), to facilitate agricultural and natural resource education initiatives, which include TWA’s Conservation Legacy and Hunting Heritage Programs. The Hunting Heritage division consists of the Texas Youth Hunting Program, the Texas Big Game Awards and college scholarships. The Conservation Legacy program encompasses three major components: Conservation Initiatives, Adult Conservation Education, and Youth Conservation Education.
Texas Wildlife Association Mission Statement
The Texas Wildlife Association was organized to serve as an advocate for the benefit of wildlife and for the rights of wildlife managers, landowners, and hunters in educational, scientific, political, regulatory, legal, and legislative arenas. We are absolutely dedicated to educating all persons, especially the youth of Texas, about the conservation, management and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat on private land to ensure the preservation of our cherished rural heritage for future generations.