A university research program in South Texas is the recipient of the Boone and Crockett Club’s second Conservation and Stewardship Award.
Research at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute is largely focused on the habitat and population ecology of game species of the South Texas ecological region. Its primary product is applied wildlife research that is of high value to land managers, hunters, ranchers and other conservationists to sustain and enhance wildlife populations and their habitats.
"What makes Caesar Kleberg unique among research facilities is that their focus is on the reality that people do live, work and recreate on the land," stated Tom Price, chairman of the Club’s Habitat and Multiple Use/Sharing committee. "Study of biotic communities on preserves and national parks is important work, but applying what is learned there falls short of what is needed to be good stewards of working landscapes and shared habitats where wildlife and people interact."
Graduate students come from all over North America as well as many other parts of the world to this research institute to learn how to conduct wildlife research. Each student ends up not just learning how to do wildlife research, but they also learn how special a place South Texas really is. They graduate knowing and appreciating how much private landowners care about their land. They become leaders in their profession.
"It is for Caesar Kleberg's track record of producing applied wildlife research and defining successful management strategies for both hunted and non-hunted wildlife across more than 10 million acres of rangelands in South Texas that it has been chosen to receive this award," Price continued.
To learn more about the Cesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, visit www.ckwri.tamuk.edu.
North America's first hunting and conservation organization, the Boone and Crockett Club was founded by Theodore Roosevelt in 1887. Its mission is to promote the conservation and management of wildlife, especially big game and its habitat, to preserve and encourage hunting and to maintain the highest ethical standards of fair chase and sportsmanship. Join the Club at www.boone-crockett.org.