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Fall 2015 | Vol 8 | No 4   


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Good Crop of Beggarweed...Good Crop of Quail

Gerti, Theron’s bird dog, after working her following a covey call count during mid-October.Florida Beggarweed (Desmodium tortuosum) an herb in the pea/bean family, also known as “Dixie Ticktrefoil” or simply “Beggar-tick” or “Beggar-lice,” is one of many (~76) beggarweed species. The leaves, stems and seeds are covered in tiny hairs that catch on hair, clothing, and fur. These sticky seeds hitch rides on just about anything it comes into contact with, aiding in its propagation. It can wreak havoc on a wire-haired bird dog. The good news is that beggarweed is a highly nutritious and commonly preferred native food of bobwhite during the fall and winter.

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Tall Timbers Dendrochronology Lab

Cross section of a scarred tree showing multiple fire scars. The Fire Ecology Program has launched the Tall Timbers Dendrochronology Lab. Dendrochronology is the study of tree rings to reconstruct aspects of the history of an area, including the fire regime recorded by fire scars, as well as climatic patterns reflected by tree growth patterns. Fire scars can record both the year and the season when fires occurred. Gaining knowledge regarding historic fire regimes is of great interest for understanding fire as a natural and cultural ecological process. It is also important for defending the practice of prescribed burning by placing it in a larger historical and ecological context.

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Reestablishing Longleaf Pine

Mowing and burning for Longleaf pine replanting

With the loss of millions of acres of longleaf pine forest in the southeast, there has been a push in natural resource management to reestablish this species in old field and native groundcover systems. An added benefit is that longleaf carry fire easier then old field pines, an imperative tool to manage both systems.

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New Regional Game Bird Biologist Joins Tall Timbers

Reggie ThackstonWe are happy to introduce Mr. Reggie Thackston as the new Regional Game Bird Biologist. He is no newcomer to Tall Timbers or to bobwhite restoration and management. Reggie recently retired from 30 years with the Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division where he served as the Private Lands Program Manager and Bobwhite Quail Project Leader. In this position, he worked closely with Tall Timbers and the Game Bird Program to integrate science-based bobwhite management into policy and planning efforts at the state, regional and national levels.

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