Multi-county Wildlife Management Field Day set Oct. 26 at Sonora AgriLife Research Station

 

The impact of exotic species on native wildlife will be a topic during a multi-county wildlife management field day Oct. 26 at Sonora. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

Contact: James Crockett, 830-683-4310, james.crockett@ag.tamu.edu

SONORA – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct a multi-county Wildlife Management Field Day beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station at Sonora.

The station is located on Texas Highway 55 between Sonora and Rocksprings.

James Crockett, AgriLife Extension agent in Edwards County, said the program is geared toward wildlife issues specific to the Edwards Plateau region.

 

“The Edwards Plateau, long considered one of the state’s premier hunting and wildlife regions, has some unique assets, but also some issues we will address during this field day,” Crockett said. “Our topics will include the impact of exotic species on habitat and native wildlife, key forbs and browse species of the Edwards Plateau, and meeting nutritional needs of livestock and wildlife.

Pascual Hernandez, AgriLife Extension agent in Sutton County, said habitat will be a major program component.

“Habitat is species specific, meaning each species has its own particular needs and preferences,” Hernandez said. “So this workshop will highlight the habitat needs of native wildlife and management considerations if you also have exotics on your property.”

Other topics will include using prescribed fire to restore Texas rangelands and an outlook for the current hunting season.

Individual registration is $15 with an RSVP by Oct. 20. The fee includes a noon meal.

For more information and to RSVP, contact any of the AgriLife Extension offices in the participating counties. The counties involved and their phone numbers are: Edwards, 830-683-4310; Sutton, 325-387-3101, and Val Verde, 830-774-7591.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units, one integrated pest management and two general, will be offered.

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