Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites

Quail Management in Cattle Country

Author: Fidel Hernández,Fred S. Guthery

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603445870

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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In this completely revised Texas A&M University Press edition, Guthery and coauthor Fidel Hernández have breathed new life into a classic work that for more than twenty years has been teaching biologists, managers, and ranchers to "think like a quail." Updated with the latest research on quail habitat management, predator control, and recent issues such as aflatoxin contamination, Hernández and Guthery help land stewards understand the optimum conditions for encouraging and sustaining quail populations while continuing to manage rangeland for cattle production. Written in a style that is entertaining and easy to read, this book is, in Guthery’s words, "meant to be kept on the dashboard of your pickup." More than 150 helpful photographs and figures, along with supporting tables, accompany the text. In his foreword to this edition of Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites, respected Texas wildlife photographer Wyman Meinzer writes of how the calls of a covey of bobwhites—or the unfortunate absence of those calls—can remind us "that wildlife and habitat conservation is directly proportional to the quality of stewardship that we bestow on the land."
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Texas Quails

Ecology and Management

Author: Leonard A. Brennan

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781585445035

Category: Nature

Page: 491

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Texas Quails presents the first complete assessment of the four species of quail found in this vast state. Experts describe each of them and examine all geographic regions of the state for historical and current population trends, habitat status, and research needs. These experts also discuss management practices, hunting issues, economics, and diseases.
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White-Tailed Deer Habitat

Ecology and Management on Rangelands

Author: José Alfonso Ortega-Santos,Timothy Edward Fulbright

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1603449728

Category: Nature

Page: 328

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The original, 2006 edition of Timothy Edward Fulbright and J. Alfonso Ortega-S.’s White-Tailed Deer Habitat: Ecology and Management on Rangelands was hailed as “a splendid reference for the classroom and those who make their living from wildlife and the land” and as “filling a niche that is not currently approached in the literature.” In this second, full-color edition, revised and expanded to include the entire western United States and northern Mexico, Fulbright and Ortega-S. provide a carefully reasoned synthesis of ecological and range management principles that incorporates rangeland vegetation management and the impact of crops, livestock, predation, and population density within the context of the arid and semiarid habitats of this broad region. As landowners look to hunting as a source of income and to the other benefits of managing for wildlife, the clear presentation of the up-to-date research gathered in this book will aid their efforts. Essential points covered in this new edition include: White-tailed deer habitat requirements Nutritional needs of White-tailed deer Carrying capacity Habitat management Hunting Focused across political borders and written with an understanding of environments where periodic drought punctuates long-term weather patterns, this revised and expanded edition of White-Tailed Deer Habitat: Ecology and Management on Rangelands will aid landowners, researchers, and naturalists in their efforts to integrate land management and use with sound ecological practices.
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Texas Bobwhites

A Guide to Their Foods and Habitat Management

Author: Jon A. Larson,Timothy E. Fulbright,Leonard A. Brennan,Fidel Hernández,Fred C. Bryant

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 0292777973

Category: Nature

Page: 294

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Northern bobwhites are one of the most popular game birds in the United States. In Texas alone, nearly 100,000 hunters take to the field each fall and winter to pursue wild bobwhite quail. Texas is arguably the last remaining state with sufficient habitat to provide quail-hunting opportunities on a grand scale, and Texas ranchers with good bobwhite habitat often generate a greater proportion of their income from fees paid by quail hunters than from livestock production. Managing and expanding bobwhite habitat makes good sense economically, and it benefits the environment as well. The rangelands and woodlands of Texas that produce quail also support scores of other species of wildlife. Texas Bobwhites is a field guide to the seeds commonly eaten by northern bobwhites, as well as a handbook for conserving and improving northern bobwhite habitat. It provides identifying characteristics for the seeds of 91 species of grasses, forbs, woody plants, and succulents. Each seed description includes a close-up and a scale photo of the seed and the plant that produces it, along with a range map. Using this information, hunters can readily identify concentrations of plants that are most likely to attract quail. Landowners and rangeland managers will greatly benefit from the book's state-of-the-art guidance for habitat management and restoration, including improving habitat dominated by invasive and nonnative grasses.
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On Bobwhites

Author: Fred S. Guthery

Publisher: Texas A & M University Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 213

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Bobwhite quail are one of America's favorite game birds. Healthy coveys of bobwhites indicate healthy land, and because quail hunting can bring in valuable income, landowners and game managers value these birds and encourage them wherever the habitat is suitable. Although biologists have studied bobwhites since the 1920s and have amassed an awesome base of information about this species, their knowledge has not been made widely available to landowners, hunters, and other lay readers. The questions that arise during periods of reflection after a hunt or in discussions around a campfire already have answers, but these, too often, are all buried in the scientific literature. Fred S. Guthery, one of the leading experts on bobwhite quail in the Southwest and southern Midwest, provides a wealth of useful and interesting information in this very readable, well-organized single volume. He offers new experiences and perspectives based on the latest research, along with a review of his well-known writings and insights from the past fifteen years of observation. Guthery has concentrated most of his work on the Southwest, but this book provides information about all the areas that bobwhite inhabit and also includes information on the related species, Gambel's quail. Because the biology of quail and the principles of their management are very general, the information presented in this book can be applied everywhere bobwhites are known. Wildlife managers, landowners, hunters, and anyone else interested in ensuring that quail thrive on their property will find this an accessible and valuable contribution by a leader in the field.
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Game Management

Author: Aldo Leopold

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299107734

Category: Nature

Page: 520

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With this book, published more than a half-century ago, Aldo Leopold created the discipline of wildlife management. Although A Sand Country Almanac is doubtless Leopold’s most popular book, Game Management may well be his most important. In this book he revolutionized the field of conservation.
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A Primer on Natural Resource Science

Author: Fred S. Guthery

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9781603440257

Category: Nature

Page: 206

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In wildlife, fisheries, forestry, and range management departments around the country, natural resource scientists and their students advance understanding of the natural world largely through the collection and analysis of data. These students learn how to acquire data in the field and analyze them using modeling and other statistical methods. What they do not learn, contends author Fred S. Guthery, is what science means as an intellectual pursuit and where natural resource science fits in the scientific tradition. He argues that without education about the nature and philosophy of science, the wildlife field has become enamored with its methodologies at the expense of gaining real knowledge, leading to what some have characterized as “a crisis in how wildlife science is pursued.” With A Primer on Natural Resource Science, Guthery intends to put learning about the nature of science into the natural resource scientist’s university curriculum. In the first part of the book, “Perspectives,” Guthery describes the principles of the scientific endeavor, discussing the nature of reasoning, of facts, of creativity and critical thinking. In the second part, “Practice,” he presents the “mechanics” of science, explaining the roles of experiment, observation, models, and statistics. He also demystifies the essential activity of publishing, telling students and researchers why they must do it and how to do it successfully. Throughout the book, Guthery uses his long experience and the body of his own research to relate the philosophical underpinnings of science to the realities of field biology. By providing real-life examples in the practice of natural resource science, Guthery offers practical, occasionally painful, and sometimes humorous lessons on the human urge to know about nature through science.
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Wildlife Restoration

Techniques for Habitat Analysis and Animal Monitoring

Author: Michael L. Morrison

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781610911221

Category: Nature

Page: 215

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Wildlife Restoration links restoration ecology and wildlife management in an accessible and comprehensive guide to restoring wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. It offers readers a thorough overview of the types of information needed in planning a wildlife-habitat restoration project and provides the basic tools necessary for developing and implementing a rigorous monitoring program. The book: explains the concepts of habitat and niche: their historic development, components, spatial-temporal relationships, and role in land management reviews how wildlife populations are identified and counted considers captive breeding, reintroduction, and translocation of animals discusses how wildlife and their habitat needs can be incorporated into restoration planning develops a solid justification for monitoring and good sampling design in restoration projects discusses and critiques case histories of wildlife analysis in restoration projectsThe author does not offer a "cookbook" approach, but rather provides basic tools for understanding ecological concepts that can be used to design restoration projects with specific goals for wildlife. He focuses on developing an integrated approach to large-scale landscape restoration. In addition, he provides guidance on where more advanced and detailed literature can be found.Wildlife Restoration sets forth a clear explanation of key principles of wildlife biology for the restorationist, and will allow wildlife biologists to bring the insights of their field to restoration projects. It is an essential source of information for everyone involved with studying, implementing, or managing wildlife restoration projects, including students, ecologists, administrators, government agency staff, and volunteer practitioners.
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Cacti

Biology and Uses

Author: Park S. Nobel

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520231573

Category: Nature

Page: 280

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"There is nothing in the world like this book. It should be in every library and on the bookshelves of all those interested in cacti. The book will be an important resource for plant physiology, agronomy, and horticulture classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level."--Bruce Smith, Brigham Young University ""Cacti: Biology and Uses" is a landmark publication of one of the world's most unique group of plants. Park Nobel, a leading authority on succulent plants, has assembled a collection of contributions that spans a wide range of issues extending from basic systematics, anatomy, physiology and ecology to considerations of conservation and human uses of this diverse group of plants. This nicely-produced and well-illustrated volume provides a resource that will be of great use to a wide range of scientists, practitioners, and enthusiasts of this plant group."--Harold Mooney, Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University
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Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land

Author: Steven I. Apfelbaum,Alan W. Haney

Publisher: Island Press

ISBN: 9781597268134

Category: Science

Page: 264

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Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land is the first practical guidebook to give restorationists and would-be restorationists with little or no scientific training or background the “how to” information and knowledge they need to plan and implement ecological restoration activities. The book sets forth a step-by-step process for developing, implementing, monitoring, and refining on-the-ground restoration projects that is applicable to a wide range of landscapes and ecosystems. The first part of the book introduces the process of ecological restoration in simple, easily understood language through specific examples drawn from the authors’ experience restoring their own lands in southern and central Wisconsin. It offers systematic, step-by-step strategies along with inspiration and benchmark experiences. The book’s second half shows how that same “thinking” and “doing” can be applied to North America’s major ecosystems and landscapes in any condition or scale. No other ecological restoration book leads by example and first-hand experience likethis one. The authors encourage readers to champion restoration of ecosystems close to where they live . . . at home, on farms and ranches, in parks and preserves. It provides an essential bridge for people from all walks of life and all levels of experience—from land trust member property stewards to agency personnel responsible for restoring lands in their care—and represents a unique and important contribution to the literature on restoration.
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Subject Headings for School and Public Libraries

An LCSH/Sears Companion

Author: Joanna F. Fountain

Publisher: Libraries Unlimited

ISBN: 9781563088537

Category: Education

Page: 208

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Provides headings for topics, literary and organizational forms, and names of individuals, corporate bodies, places, works, and so on, that might be needed to catalog a general collection used at least in part by children and readers or viewers interested in popular topics.
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Primary Productivity of Grass Ecosystems of the Tropics and Sub-tropics

Author: S.P. Long,M.B. Jones,M.J. Roberts

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780412410208

Category: Nature

Page: 267

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'the first internationally integrated study of bio-productivity since the IBP of the early 1970sprovides an assessment of an extremely important but under-researched biome.' Bulletin Mutteilungsblatt 'a tremendous data bank on tropical grasslands all over the world.' Acta Ecologica
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Cowgirl Power

How to Kick Ass in Business and Life

Author: Gay Gaddis

Publisher: Center Street

ISBN: 147894823X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Kick Ass Your Way As the owner of one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the U.S., Gay Gaddis knows a thing or two about empowerment. Gay's insights are rooted in the spirited strength of the real cowgirl heroines of the 1920s and '30s-gutsy risk -takers in everything they did. In Cowgirl Power, these cowgirls are celebrated as a metaphor for the power we all have to achieve far more than we think. Whether your goal is to start a family, own a business, advance your career, organize community outreach, or run for office, it all comes down to power: knowing how to develop it and not being afraid to take it when it comes your way. Gay's book and Cowgirl Power Toolkit will help you blaze a path to success, on your terms: Taking responsibility for yourself Building your own competence Finding your assertiveness Designing your own life Building a kick-ass culture Recognizing good ideas Becoming a fearless leader Cowgirl Power is not about changing you. You are just fine. It's about understanding your strengths, building on them, and unlockingyour power to kick ass-your way.
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Caesar Kleberg and the King Ranch

Author: Duane M. Leach

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 1623495059

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 376

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In this tribute to a pioneer conservationist, Duane M. Leach celebrates the life of an exceptional ranch manager on a legendary Texas ranch, a visionary for wildlife and modern ranch management, and an extraordinarily dedicated and generous man. Caesar Kleberg went to work on the King Ranch in 1900. For almost thirty years he oversaw the operations of the sprawling Norias division, a vast acreage in South Texas where he came to appreciate the importance of rangeland not only for cattle but also for wildlife. Creating a wildlife management and conservation initiative far ahead of its time, Kleberg established strict hunting rules and a program of enlightened habitat restoration. Because of his efforts and foresight, by his death in 1946 there were more white-tailed deer, wild turkey, bobwhite quail, javelinas, and mourning dove on the King Ranch than in the rest of the state. Kleberg’s legacy lives on at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville, where a research program he helped found has gained recognition far beyond the pastures of Norias.
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Genome Mapping and Genomics in Domestic Animals

Author: Noelle E. Cockett,Chittaranjan Kole

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3540738355

Category: Science

Page: 280

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Genomics research on animals has generated huge databases and several new concepts and strategies, which are used to elucidate origin, evolution and phylogeny of species. Genetic and physical maps of genomes give details on chromosomal location, function, expression and regulation of genes. The series Genome Mapping and Genomics in Animals provides comprehensive and up-to-date reviews on genomic research on selected animal systems contributed by leading scientists from around the world. This volume offers information on gene mapping and genomics research in domesticated and farmed animals including cattle, water buffalo, sheep, deer, poultry, turkeys, rabbits, dogs and pigs. While the genome maps for some species are very limited, full genome sequences are available for cattle, chickens and dogs. Genomic research contributes to the identification of genetic regions that control the functionality and well-being of animals. Several farmed species are also used as models for biomedical studies.
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The Technology of Bobwhite Management

Author: Fred Guthery

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 9780813808932

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 288

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Declines in populations of bobwhite quail that began over a hundred years ago are being exacerbated by lingering misconceptions of the bird's biology and management. Many of the principles upon which wildlife ecologists and managers rely have long ago been shown to be incomplete or simply incorrect. Historically accepted traditions of management stand ready for amendment. In light of history and present circumstances, Dr. Guthery looks at bobwhites and their management from a fresh perspective. While stressing theory-based management, the author integrates recent research findings into current concepts of biology and management, and critically examines the historical concepts upon which managers base their decisions. The Technology of Bobwhite Management represents the author's formulation of a theoretical basis that takes bobwhite management forward without the encumbrance of false and outdated principles. Dr. Guthery offers wildlife ecologists and quail managers an opportunity to revise their thinking about bobwhites in light of protocols, processes and research that take management decisions into the realm of science and technology.
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