Friends of LLELA (FoL) raises awareness and assists in the development of LLELA as an asset to the community and surrounding areas. FoL assists LLELA in fulfilling their mission to preserve and restore native Texas ecosystems and biodiversity while providing opportunities for environmental education, research, and recreation. LLELA's vision is to heal the land and restore the bond between people and nature, ensuring the preservation of our natural heritage for the future.
Friends of LLELA (FoL) was created in 2013 to support LLELA, the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, a 2000-acre urban wilderness located south of the Lake Lewisville Dam. Twenty years after the dam was built, a consortium was organized to repair the historic damage to the local ecosystems and preserve and restore our natural heritage for future generations of Texans.
The first priority is funding equipment for an environmental research and native ecosystem restoration project to bring back the northern bobwhite quail to Denton County. One of the main goals for LLELA is reintroduce the animals that once were native to North Texas, but have been extirpated by human impact. Wild turkeys were successfully reintroduced to LLELA in 2005. Turkeys are easier to restore than quail, because the adult birds have a much longer life span. Quail should be living in this area, however much of their habitat has been destroyed. LLELA is determined to bring quail back to Denton County.
A pilot program to released quail at LLELA has begun. The birds in the pilot program were color banded and then kept in an acclimation pen for two weeks before being released into restored habitat. Nearby areas have been enhanced with cooling stations in case of long periods of extreme temperatures. To date, information on survival has been limited to observations made on chance encounters with quail. Some birds have survived the winter to breed and nest in the spring. Last spring males were calling, but there was no way for us to document nesting. Further research into the birds' behavior is critical for the ultimate success of bobwhite quail reintroduction.
We need funding to study the behavior of the reintroduced birds with a wildlife tracking system called MOTUS (See Motus.org for more information). This radio telemetry system (receivers and nano-radio-transmitters) will allow tracking of the movement of the birds and provide information about nesting.
Wouldn't it be great to hear quail calling in the evening once again?
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