Dr. Dale Rollins is a native of Hollis, Oklahoma. He earned his bachelor’s from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, his master’s degree from Oklahoma State University (studying bobwhite and scaled quail in his home county), and his doctorate from Texas Tech University. Dr. Rollins served as Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist for Texas AgriLife Extension in San Angelo from 1987-2013. He also held a 25% research appointment with AgriLife Research and the Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. Dr. Rollins retired from Texas Agrilife Extension Service in August 2013, but then returned (half-time) as the Program Coordinator for Texas A&M’s “Reversing the Quail Decline” initiative. Dr. Rollins also founded the Texas Brigades program in 1992 and has taught a dozen sessions of QuailMasters, an annual 12-day course on quail and quail habitat held at various locations across the state. Dr. Rollins is also a member of TPWD’s Upland Game Bird Advisory Committee.
Dr. Rollins has received numerous awards including being inducted into the Texas Conservation Hall of Fame in 2018, named a “Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream Magazine, named a “Quail Crusader” by Outdoor Life, and winning the National Quail Calling Championship from Quail Unlimited in 2002. He has served as the executive director of Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation since its inception in 2007.