Wildlife institute receives funding

Wildlife institute receives funding

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Like Jessie J. so cleverly observed, it’s not about the money. It’s about making the world change; and the South Texas Quail Coalition (STQC) knows this very well.
It’s the reason they’ve donated $70,000 to Texas A&M Kingsville’s Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute(CKWRI) and the reason they’ve donated more than $400,000 to AMK in the past decade.
“Primarily, it’s for research, but they have given money for scholarships for graduate students and undergraduate students in wildlife,” said Fidel Hernandez, associate professor for CKWRI.
The $70,000 was donated this year. And as needs come up throughout the year, the institute sends the STQC requests which they’ll consider and then possibly fund, Hernandez said.
“Say, for instance, I want to do a research project on how drought affects quail and so I’d send them a letter saying, ‘Hey listen, I’m interested in studying this question, we’re $20,000 short, is it something you’re interested in?’” Hernandez said. “Then they’ll consider it, and then they’ll send a check to the institute and then it goes to the project.”
The STQC is a huge partner in quail research and conservation. Whenever the CHWRI hosts a workshop, they’ll help sponsor it, and a lot of their members will come attend the workshop. They’re big collaborators, Hernandez said.
“The research is specifically for quail, but the scholarships that students win are wildlife students, but their project may be something totally different outside of quail. It could be hawks, ocelots, or any variety of different animals that they’re studying,” Hernandez said.

Frank Garza
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