Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Texas
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Texas Technical Assistance Activities


Storm-tide sensor installed prior to Hurricane Harvey

As part of our mission, Unit scientists routinely provide technical assistance ranging from data analysis support, GIS mapping, workshops, consultations and peer-review and advisory service to primary cooperators as well as other state and federal agencies.

Our most recent contributions are highlighted below.

Description and Agency Provider(s) Date
Site visits with private landowners to discuss strategies to protect and conserve ferruginous hawk nest trees and scope sites for establishment of man-made nesting platforms.
Boal July 2004
Review Team Member; Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Habitat Management Review.
Boal July 2004
Member of Review Team for the San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center
Patiño January 2005
Invited member, Black-footed Ferret Working Group, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Ongoing committee service.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Boal June 2010
Invited Peer-Reviewer, Species Status Assessment Report for the Whooping Crane (<i>Grus americana</i>), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Boal October 2020
Invited Peer-Reviewer, Species Status Assessment Report for the Cactus Ferruginous Pygmy Owl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5&7
Boal December 2020
Invited Peer-Reviewer, Population Viability Analysis (PVA) Report for the Species Meta-Population of Whooping Cranes (<i>Grus americana</i>)
IUCN/SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group
Boal October 2020
Invited Panel Member, Impact of research on other animals in the study area. Workshop on Animal Welfare Act compliance for studies of wildlife in the field and captivity. American Society of Mammalogists and the Ornithological Council, Albuquerque, NM (Oct. 2011)
Ornithological Council
Boal October 2011
Invited Panel Expert, lesser prairie chicken ecology and reseach overview, TX Lesser Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee Meeting, Pampa, TX
TX Lesser Prairie Chicken Advisory Committee
Boal April 2010
Invited Panel Expert, Wisconsin and Minnesota National Forest Species Viability Workshop for Forest Plan Revisions
Boal April 2002
Invited Panel Expert, Ecology and Management of Goshawks in Japan, Raptor-Japan, Tokyo.
Boal January 2006
Invited Panel Expert, American Wind/Wildlife Institute eagle meeting, Lakewood, CO (Nov. 2011)
American Wind/Wildlife Institute
Boal November 2011
Invited Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Role of membership is to provide professional opinion and advice to the Commission relating to contemporary and emerging issues related to wildlife conservation in the state of Texas.
Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee
Boal January 2019
Invited Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Role of membership is to provide professional opinion and advice to the Commission relating to contemporary and emerging issues related to wildlife conservation in the state of Texas.
Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee
Boal January 2015
Invited Member, Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. Role of membership is to provide professional opinion and advice to the Commission relating to contemporary and emerging issues related to wildlife conservation in the state of Texas.
Wildlife Diversity Advisory Committee
Boal January 2011
Invited Member, Strategic Planning Working Group, Raptor Research Foundation.
Raptor Research Foundation
Boal November 2019
Invited Member, Eagle Technical Assessment Team for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Role of memberships is to work cooperatively with members to identify approaches to assessing risk to eagles in context of energy development, and approaches to develop a permitting process with mitigation avenues for incidental take.
Eagle Technical Assessment Team
Boal November 2010
Invited Forest Bird Panel Expert for review of the Minnesota Wildlife Resource Assessment Project and the Minnesota Gap Analysis Project.
Boal July 2004
Invited Facilitator, North American Golden Eagle Science Meeting
Golden Eagle Science Group
Boal September 2010
Facilitators assistant, Structured Decision Making Training and Workshop for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Parks and Wildlife
Boal August 2010
Decision Analysis coach assisting a subcommittee in developing a strategic plan for their graduate student professional organization.
Association of Natural Resources Scientists
Boal September 2019
Consultant, Structured Decision Making program for strategic hatchery planning by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. San Marcos, TX (Aug. 2015 – Feb. 2016)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Boal August 2015
Co-facilitator, Structured Decision Making Workshop for the Golden-cheeked Warbler
Golden-cheeked Warbler Recovery Team
Boal May 2010
Co-facilitator, Structured Decision Making Workshop at NCTC
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Boal, Mitchell September 2011
Co-Facilitator, SDM Workshop on "Managing wintering Whooping Cranes on the Aransas NWR during periods of resource scarcity" at National Conservation Training Center
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Boal May 2012
Apprentice Coach, Structured Decision Making Workshop for Red Knot Conservation in Delaware. National Conservation Training Center
Deleware Dept. Conservation
Boal September 2010
Role - Description Provider         Start Date        End Date       
Search Committee Member, Fisheries Biology faculty position, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University Grabowski May 2013 May 2014
Search Committee Member, Fisheries Biology faculty position, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University Grabowski January 2011 December 2012
Member, Tenure and Promotion Committee, Biological Sciences Patiño September 2010 December 2012
Member, TTU Water Summit Planning Committee Patiño May 2014 September 2015
Member, Seminars Committee, Biological Sciences Patiño September 2010 November 2011
Member, Search Committee, GIS Faculty position, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University Boal July 2013 May 2014
Member, Search Committee, Bricker Endowed Chair, Department Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University. Boal July 2013 May 2014
Member, New faculty search committee Boal March 2007 August 2007
Member, New Faculty Search Committee Boal July 2001 April 2002
Member, Natural Resources Management Chair Search Committee Patiño June 2007 December 2007
Member, Lokey Committee, Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University - Help select speakers for the Lokey Distinguished Lecture Series. Make arrangements for their visit. Grabowski January 2012 June 2016
Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Texas Tech University - Review research protocols for acceptability in context of the Animal Welfare Act and other animal use policies. Boal September 2019 Present
Member, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Boal November 2001 September 2013
Member, Graduate Application Review Committee, Department Natural Resouces Management, Texas Tech Univeristy - Review and vote of acceptance or rejection of applicants for graduate study in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Boal August 2013 Present
Member, Fisheries Faculty Search Commitee, Natural Resources Management Patiño May 2006 September 2006
Member, Fisheries Faculty Search Commitee, Natural Resources Management Patiño August 2007 December 2007
Member, Faculty Awards Committee, Natural Resources Management Patiño October 2002 September 2019
Member, Faculty Awards Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University - Recommend and process faculty award nominations Patiño September 2018 Present
Member, Faculty Awards Committee, Biological Sciences Patiño September 2015 August 2016
Member, Director Search Committee/The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University Patiño March 2016 December 2017
Member, Departmental committee for development of a non-thesis masters degree Boal August 2008 May 2010
Member, Departmental 2010 Planning Committee Boal April 2004 December 2004
Member, College Strategic Planning Committee, College of Agriculture Science and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University. Boal August 2019 Present
Member, Climate Change Impacts Faculty Search Committee, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University Patiño August 2012 May 2013
Member, Chair's Advisory Board, Natural Resources Management Patiño July 2008 December 2011
Member, Attending Veterinarian Search Committee, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University - Search as search committee member for position of new Attending Veterinarian for the University. Boal March 2013 August 2013
Member, Aquatic Sciences Faculty Search Committee - Help select candidate for open aquatic sciences faculty position Patiño August 2018 May 2019
External Dissertation Examiner, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. - Serve as external examiner for dissertation by : Bronwyn L. Isaac. 2013. Spatial ecology of an apex predator over an urban gradient. Ph.D. dissertation, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Boal May 2013 June 2013
External Dissertation Examiner, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia - Serve as exteranl dissertation examiner for: Rohan J. Bilney. 2009. Sooty owl ecology and recent small mammal declines. Ph.D. dissertation, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. Boal May 2009 June 2009
Chair, Tenure and Promotion 3-Year Review Committee/Natural Resources Management Patiño September 2016 December 2016
Chair, Tenure and Promotion 3-Year Review Committee/Natural Resources Management Patiño March 2015 August 2015
Chair, Graduate Curricula Review Committee, Dept. Natural Resources Management - Reviewing current graduate curricula to identify current needs and short-comings. Boal August 2013 August 2017
Chair, Fisheries Faculty Search Committee, Natural Resources Management Patiño August 2005 December 2005
Chair, Aquatic Sciences Faculty Search Committee, Natural Resources Management Department, Texas Tech University Patiño January 2012 July 2012
Chair, Aquatic Sciences Faculty Search Committee, Natural Resources Management Department, Texas Tech University Patiño August 2013 June 2014
Role and Organization Individual         Start Date        End Date       
USGS BRD RGE Panel Patiño July 2010 September 2010
Reviewer, United States Expert Reviewer, Detailed Review Paper on Thyroid Hormone Disrupting Assays, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Patiño August 2005 August 2005
Research Grade Evaluation Panel Member, U.S. Geological Survey Patiño October 2014 December 2014
Panel member, Research Leadership Discussion, Texas Tech University Patiño September 2018 September 2018
Panel Member, USGS Research Grade Evaluation Panel Patiño July 2020 August 2020
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 200 Patiño September 2007 December 2007
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Tier II assays) Patiño March 2013 June 2013
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Tier I assays) Patiño March 2013 May 2013
Panel Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Patiño May 2011 May 2011
Panel Member, Executive Rating Panel for USGS Cooperative Research position (SL) Patiño October 2019 November 2019
Member, USEPA Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms research panel Patiño February 2017 April 2017
Member, Texas black-tailed prairie dog plague working group Boal June 2004 June 2006
Member, Texas Partners in Flight, Panhandle and Rolling Hills Working Group Boal April 2001 December 2002
Member, Steering Committee, National Contaminants Program Review, U.S. Geological Survey Patiño June 2001 February 2002
Member, Steering Committee, 2002 National Meeting of Cooperative Research Units Patiño June 2001 February 2002
Member, Site Review Team, San Marcos National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Patiño March 2005 March 2005
Member, Scientific Advisory Panel, Ecological Risk Assessment, USEPA Patiño June 1998 June 1998
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, USGS Boal December 2020 January 2021
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Boal March 2004 March 2004
Member, Research Grade Evaluation Panel, U.S. Geological Survey Boal December 2007 December 2007
Member, Project Advisory Board, Idaho National Science Foundation-EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Grant Patiño May 2007 May 2008
Member, Peer-Review Panel, 21-day Fish Endocrine Screening Assay, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Patiño April 2007 January 2008
Member, Organizing Committee, Workshop on the Biology and Culture of Snooks, Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico Patiño January 2004 May 2004
Member, Organizing Committee, International Conference on Water in Arid and Semiarid Lands, Lubbock, Texas Patiño April 2006 November 2006
Member, International Advisory Committee, Seventh International Symposium on the Reproductive Physiology of Fish, Mie, Japan Patiño August 2001 June 2003
Member, International Advisory Committee, Eight International Symposium on the Reproductive Physiology of Fish, Saint Malo, France Patiño May 2006 August 2007
Member, International Advisory Board, Seventh International Symposium on the Reproductive Physiology of Fish, Mie, Japan Patiño January 2001 May 2003
Member, Integrative Animal Biology Panel, National Science Foundation Patiño January 2000 January 2001
Member, Animal Growth and Development Panel, USDA/NRICGP Patiño September 2000 August 2001
Member, Advisory Committee Patiño January 1995 January 2001
Director, National Science Foundation, Integrative Animal Biology Program Patiño October 2002 September 2003
Co-chair, Upper Brazos Watershed Research Symposium, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 2008 Patiño February 2008 April 2008
Chair, Research Grade Evaluation Panel/U.S. Geological Survey Patiño March 2016 June 2016
Bureau Approving Official Search Committee Member, Office of Science Quality and Integrity, U.S. Geological Survey, Patiño February 2015 March 2015
Outreach Activity Provider(s)        Date       
“Unique Characteristics of Guadalupe Bass.” Texas Wildlife Radio Show. Original air date: 14 May 2013. Grabowski May 2013
“South Llano River Restoration Project.” Texas Wildlife Radio Show. Original air date: 10 May 2013. Grabowski May 2013
‘Urban Raptors’: Q&A with authors of book on ecology and conservation of city-dwelling birds of prey. Article published online by Mongabay: News and Inspiration from Nature’s Frontline. Boal June 2018
Wish you were here. 2010. Article focusing on collaborative ecological research on Guana Island, British Virgin Islands and featuring the scientist. Published 7 January 2010 in Nature magazine. Boal January 2010
Urban Raptors: ecology and conservation of birds of prey in cities. 2018. One-hour interview with listener call in for the Public Affair hour on WORT-FM Community Radio Station, Madison, WI. Broadcast live on 11 June 2018. Boal June 2018
Texas Tech NPR interview concerning toxic algal bloom in Lubbock's Canyon Lakes. Patiño September 2020
Tech researcher uses GPS to track golden eagles. 2016. Amarillo Globe-News. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on collaborative research of golden eagles. Published 7 June 2016; Archived at http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2016-06-06/tech-researcher-uses-gps-track-golden-eagles. Boal June 2016
Tech professor studies burrowing owl habitats near U.S. wind farms. 2019. The Daily Toreador newspaper. Article on research focused on wind energy and burrowing owls. Published 30 June 2019 Boal June 2019
Swainson’s hawk. 2013. Public radio broadcast focused on Swainson’s hawks ecology in the Great Plains, with featured audio interview with the scientist. Broadcast on June 23, 2013 as the weekly feature on the Playa Country radio series. Boal June 2013
Researchers provide information on lesser prairie chicken debate. 2013. Article focusing on the scientist’s research with an interview, featured news story for the Texas Tech University Website. Published 26 March 2013 and distributed widely in the print media. Boal March 2013
Researchers monitor how Swainson’s hawks are affected by wind turbines. 2011. Article focusing on collaborative research the scientist is involved in. Published November 2011 online in the Playa Post, the newsletter of the Playa Lakes Joint Venture Boal March 2013
Researcher studying effects of wind turbine farms on burrowing owl habitat. 2019. Texas Tech Today: the official news source for Texas Tech University. Also featured in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal newspaper. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on award funding and ecology of burrowing owls. Published 26 July 2019 Boal June 2019
Research aiding in study of eagle interaction with wind turbines. 2016. Texas Tech Today: the official news source for Texas Tech University. Also featured on ScienceDaily.com. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on collaborative research of golden eagles. Published 2 June 2016; Archived at http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2016/06/eagle-wind-turbine and at https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160602122511.htm Boal June 2016
Raptor Research: Scientists collect golden eagle data to help energy companies make smarter decisions. Feature article in Discoveries Magazine, a publication of Texas Tech University. Boal November 2016
Provided a 1 hour invited seminar titled "Ecology and Management of Urban Birds of Prey" at the Texas Recreation Areas and Parks Annual Workshop. Purpose of the seminar was to provide state, county, and city park employees with an understanding of bird of prey behavior, how and why human-wildlife conflicts may arise in parks, and steps to take in order to reduce such conflicts. Boal October 2001
Programs and funding opportunities in biological sciences at the National Science Foundation. Open lecture to Graduate Students of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Patiño November 2003
Primary interviewee for article on man made nest and bald eagles nesting in prairie grasslands of the Texas Panhandle. Amarillo Globe-News. Boal November 2006
Presented seminar at Texas Parks and Wildlife Project WILD Aquatic program at Lubbock Lakes Landmark. Seminar described the issues facing freshwater fishes in Texas and the research being done to aid conservation and management actions and was targeted to an audience of K-12 teachers. Seminar title was, "Understanding the links between flows, habitat, and fishes: tales from three Texas rivers." Grabowski July 2013
Presented a 1 hour invited seminar titled "Grassland Raptors" to the USDA Rita Blanca - Kiowa National Grasslands Leasees Association. Purpose of seminar was to introduce local landowners to ecology and benefits of ferruginous and Swainson's hawks on the public and private rangelands, the compatability of grazing with conservation of grassland raptors, and how to provide suitable nest sites to attract these two species. Boal January 2003
Newspaper interview with scientist and unit staff about the current status of the harmful algal species, Golden Alga. Patiño January 2014
Newspaper interview with scientist and unit postdoctoral researcher about a fish-kill in Lubbock's Canyon Lake System caused by a golden alga bloom in spring 2014. Patiño April 2014
National Public Radio and print interview with scientist about impacts of Golden Alga on aquatic natural resources in Texas, and the potential influence of climate change. Patiño January 2014
NRM’s Clint Boal garners American Ornithological Society honor. 2019. Article on Boal being elected to the level of Elective Member of the American Ornithological Society, a status based on significant contributions to ornithology. Texas Tech University CASNR News Center. Published 27 August 2019 Boal August 2019
Lesser Prairie-chicken Nest Survival May Decline by 2050. 2013. Science news feature article in ScienceDaily focused on research directed by the scientist. Published online 12 July 2013; Boal May 2013
Lead interviewee for newspaper article on bald eagles successfully using a man-made nest in the prairie grasslands. Amarillo Globe-News. Boal June 2007
Invited Panel Member; Panel session on the ecology, management and research needs for goshawks in Japan. International Symposium on Goshawks, Raptor-Japan, Tokyo, Japan Boal January 2006
Gone with the wind? 2009. Article focused on conservation of lesser prairie-chickens and featuring the scientist’s research program and graduate students. Published October 2009 in Texas Parks and Wildlife: the outdoor magazine of Texas. Boal October 2009
Fowl play on campus. 2015. The Agriculturist, College of Agricultural Science and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University. Article with interview and research by the scientist focused on ecology and aggression by Mississippi kites. Published January 2015. Boal January 2015
Escape cover through the eyes of a bobwhite. 2009. Article focusing on graduate research supervised by the scientist. Focus of research was escape behavior and habitat used by bobwhite exposed to different risks. Published November 2009 in the e-Quail Newsletter produced by the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch. Boal November 2009
CASNR researcher studying effects of wind turbine farms on burrowing owls. 2019. Article on research focused on wind energy and burrowing owls. Texas Tech University CASNR News Center. Published 30 June 2019 Boal June 2019
Burrowing owls and wind energy development. 2019. Interview with Marfa Public Radio KRTS-93.5 FM, Marfa, TX. Broadcast on 13 August 2019 Boal August 2019
Brief (6minute) video focused on my golden eagle research to be used as promotional material by the Department of Natural Resources Management and College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. Boal September 2017
Boal, Haukos garner national society’s Wildlife Publication Award. 2018. Texas Tech University CASNR News Center. Article focused on research publication award received by the scientist and colleague. Published online 24 October 2018 Boal, Haukos October 2018
An Introduction to the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Presentation to The Lubbock Optimist Club, Lubbock, Texas. Patiño February 2005
Air raid. 2008. Article focused on aggression by Mississippi kites toward humans in Lubbock Texas, and interviewed the scientist relating to the behavioral aspects of the species and his research with them. Published in the Daily Toreador, Texas Tech University, July 2008. Boal July 2008