Beef, Brush, and Bobwhites: Quail Management in Cattle Country (Perspectives on South Texas, sponsored by Texas A&M University-Kingsville) (Paperback)
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."
Fidel Hernández is the Alfred C. Glassell Jr., Endowed Professor for Quail Research at the Cesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville, Texas. Fred S. Guthery, also the author of On Bobwhites (Texas A&M University Press, 2006) and A Primer on Natural Resource Science (Texas A&M University Press, 2008), holds the Bollenbach Chair in Wildlife Ecology at Oklahoma State University.
"I am proud of and amazed by what has been synthesized and created in the second edition of Beef, Brush and Bobwhites. It will have a tremendous and lasting impact on the shrinking landscape of bobwhite quail in Texas and Oklahoma, two of the last strongholds for what is to me the most fascinating and important game bird in North America."--Fred Bryant, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
— Fred Bryant