AgriLife Extension sets multi-county Wildlife Appreciation Seminar April 12 in Marfa

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu
Contacts: Jesse Lea Schneider, 432-295-0342, jlschneider@ag.tamu.edu
Logan Boswell, 432-837-6207, l-boswell@tamu.edu

MARFA – A multi-county Wildlife Appreciation Seminar to be conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service is set for 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. April 12 beginning in the Paisano Hotel Ballroom, 207 N. Highland in Marfa, and moving at noon to the Marfa Ag Barn on Golf Course Rd.

The AgriLife Extension offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties will conduct the seminar.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be available for private applicator license holders.

“We have made a real effort to gather speakers for this program who can provide the latest and greatest information on the wildlife found in our area,” said Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County. “Putting this program together has turned into a great collaboration among AgriLife Extension, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Wildlife Services and our regional game wardens. We’ll have live demonstrations and activities planned during the day which should appeal to anyone interested in our region’s wildlife. And really, who out here is not?”

The morning’s speakers and their topics include:

- Pronghorn Trends and Management in the Trans Pecos, Michael Sullins, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Marfa.

– Interpreting the Evidence of Predation on Livestock and Wildlife, Ken Cearley, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Amarillo.

– Mule Deer Management During Drought, Mike Janis, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Alpine.

– Pronghorn Restoration and Research in the Trans Pecos, Justin Hoffman, Sul Ross State University, Alpine.

– Nutrition Considerations During Drought and Supplemental Feeding of Mule Deer, Cearley.

The afternoon speakers and their topics will include:

– Game Warden’s Role in Wildlife – game trailer and antler scoring, Bryan Newman, Andrew Banda, Anthony King and Zack Moerbe, Presidio County game wardens.

– What Does Wildlife Services Do?, Keith St. Clair, Wildlife Services, Fort Stockton.

– Large Scale Trapping of Feral Hogs, St. Clair.

– Do You Know Browse? AgriLife Extension live sample interactive exercise.

Individual registration is $10. RSVP is required by April 6 for an accurate lunch count. To RSVP and for more information call 432-295-0342 or 432-249-0265.

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