Texas Tech University

National Ranching Heritage Center Hosts Inaugural Quailapalooza

Sue Jones

March 30, 2015

With the quail being an important part of the South Plains ecosystem, children will have the opportunity to learn more about this bird.


Children 6-12 years old will have a hands-on opportunity to see how scientists study quail during the inaugural Quailapalooza from 1-3:30 p.m. April 18 at the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) at Texas Tech University.

“For many ranchers, the northern bobwhite quail is a treasured rangeland inhabitant,” said Brad Dabbert, a Texas Tech University professor of natural resources management who will share his knowledge with some of the area's youngest students. “Unfortunately, bobwhite populations are declining throughout their historic range in Texas.”

The NRHC will partner with the Department of Natural Resources Management at Texas Tech to host a hands-on educational presentation for children focusing on Northern Bobwhite Quail and the science behind studying this ecology.

Dabbert and Texas Tech graduate students will give participants the opportunity to see live adult quail and chicks, learn about thermal cameras and radiotelemetry, observe a quail nest and eggs, learn what quail eat and how scientists capture them, and see how scientists use cameras to study bobwhites and quail predators.

The program is free to NRHC Junior Roughriders and $5 for non-members. Limited space is available. To register for the event, contact NRHC Director of Educational Programs Julie Hodges at (806) 742-0498 or julie.hodges@ttu.edu.

Supported by the Ranching Heritage Association and Texas Tech, the NRHC is a unique 27-acre museum and historical park offering educational programs and exhibits to promote interest in ranching history and contemporary ranching issues. Located at 3121 4th St., the center provides 49 authentic dwellings and ranch structures from some of the nation's most historic ranches.

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