2016 Wildlife Survey

2016 Wildlife Surveys | Hall and Hall Wildlife Survey

Wildlife Surveys

2016 has been a good year for wildlife in Texas. A lot of that can and should be attributed to fairly consistent rainfall that occurred in 2014 and 2015, paired with moderate to not too oppressive summer temperatures. Those climatic conditions over the last two to three years created extremely favorable rangeland conditions for 2016, providing abundant plant growth and ample surface water for all wildlife. Determining whether or not the year has been favorable, depends largely on conducting wildlife surveys.

 

Maintaining and enhancing favorable habitat is the key. And as we have learned, some species, like the bobwhite quail, are quite picky in regards to “ideal” habitat. Research has shown that the amount of rainfall from April through August explains more than 90 percent of the year-to-year variation in bobwhite productivity on areas with good habitat. The take-home message: create and maintain good “quail” habitat and pray it rains – if you want good quail numbers.  Others, like the white-tailed deer, are a little more forgiving and flexible.

 

It’s our job as land managers to make the most of the beneficial weather conditions and create – via a judicious grazing program balanced with mechanical, chemical, and prescribed fire techniques – the habitat that will allow wildlife to thrive during both good and bad years.

 

Below are a few photos taken during aerial wildlife surveys during the last few months. As you will see, these animals are healthy and thriving thanks to Mother Nature and good range management practices!
Find out more about wildlife surveys by clicking the blog below:

Helicopter Deer and Wildlife Surveys

 

 

 

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