New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Media contact: Dan Williams, (505) 476-8004
Public contact: (505) 476-8000
dan.williams@state.nm.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 23, 2007:

TEXAS HORNSHELL RECOVERY PLAN AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW, COMMENTS

SANTA FE -- The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has developed a recovery plan under the Wildlife Conservation Act for the Texas Hornshell, a native mussel found in the Black River, a tributary of the Pecos River in southeastern New Mexico .

The plan, drafted with the assistance of local, state and federal agencies, and private landowners, is intended to identify actions necessary to conserve and recover the hornshell, which is listed as endangered in New Mexico . The plan is available for review on the Department website, http://wildlife.state.nm.us/documents/public_comment.htm . Comments will be accepted through Aug. 16 by Stephanie Carman, Stephanie.carman@state.nm.us , or (505) 476-8092. It will be presented to the State Game Commission at the Aug. 23 meeting in Albuquerque.


AUG. 11 IS QUAIL APPRECIATION DAY AT THE DOUBLE H RANCH

DATIL, N.M. -- Improving habitat for quail will be the focus of Quail Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Double H Ranch Torstenson Wildlife Center between Datil and Magdalena.

Anyone interested in quail is invited to attend, especially private landowners and land managers interested in improving conditions to favor quail on their property. Activities include discussions about quail biology, habitat needs and land management for quail. Entry fees of $30 for adults and $15 for children under age 12 include lunch, children's activities, and demonstrations on hunting dog nutrition and training.

Quail Appreciation Day is sponsored by The Torstenson Wildlife Center, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, Quail Unlimited, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service, and Purina. Presentations will include discussions by extension wildlife specialists Dale Rollins of San Angelo, Texas, and Jon Boren of New Mexico State University.

The program will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance registration is preferred.

For registration information and directions to the ranch, please contact Margaret Ferranti, (505) 772-5665, or Jon Boren, (505) 646-1164, jboren@nmsu.edu .

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