Join Dr. Thomas J. DeWitt as he discusses “Correcting the Scaling of Spatial Autocorrelation and a New Method to Tackle Big Data” at the March 22nd Geosat seminar.
COLLEGE STATION — The Texas Master Naturalist program was recently honored by the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society with its Outstanding Achievement Award.
The award was presented during the recent Texas chapter’s annual conference for the program’s impacts on the conservation industry throughout the program’s 20-year history, according to a news release distributed by the society.
The program, led by Michelle Haggerty, Texas Master Naturalist program state coordinator at Kerrville, and Mary Pearl Meuth, assistant coordinator, College Station, is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the state of Texas.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsor the program, which is supported by an extensive network of experts from both agencies. Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society stated the program teaches advanced training and also supports the outreach and stewardship projects of its more than 11,000 volunteers.
Dr. Neal Wilkins, past president of the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society and current executive director of the East Foundation, presented the award commenting, “The Texas Master Naturalist program has been an unbelievable asset to this state. Volunteers for the program are committed. They are the heart and soul of what really goes on out on the landscape.”
The Texas Master Naturalist program was also honored as it “brings skilled volunteers together and works with communities and organizations across the state to implement youth outreach programs, operate parks, nature centers and natural areas, and provides leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts,” Wilkins said during the presentation, according to the release.
The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society was established in 1965 and represents the state’s interest in involving resource professionals and stimulating involvement by all concerned individuals in science-based conservation practices.
The Texas A&M Chapter of the Wildlife Society BBQ and Annual Department Awards will be held Saturday, April 14th from 6:00-8:00 pm. Presale tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at the WFES building, room 150. Admission will include dinner, drinks, and a chance to win a prize! There will be a photo contest, raffles and a silent auction. See the attached flyer for more information.
We look forward to seeing you there!
After 33 years of service with WFSC, it is with great sadness that we share the passing of our great colleague and mentor, Dr. Clark Adams. He chaired the Conservation Education Committee for The Wildlife Society (TWS) and many committees for the Texas Chapter of TCWS, among his other outstanding services. Dr. Adams developed and taught the senior-level Urban Wildlife and Fisheries Management, and Ecology and Society courses and was senior author on two books, including a textbook on Urban Wildlife Management and Texas Rattlesnake Roundups.
Services will be Saturday, March 10th at 11:00 am at Faith Lutheran Church, 4010 Williams Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628.
Dr. Miguel Mora has a new publication out. Follow this link to read more about the wetland gain and losses.
Entwistle, C., Mora, M. A. and Knight, R. (2018), Estimating coastal wetland gain and losses in Galveston County and Cameron County, Texas, USA. Integr Environ Assess Manag, 14: 120–129. doi:10.1002/ieam.1973
There is a new publication by Dr. Thomas Lacher Jr. on the effects of habitat structure and landscape context on the brown-throated sloth.
Neam, K. D. and Lacher, T. E. (2018), Multi-scale effects of habitat structure and landscape context on a vertebrate with limited dispersal ability (the brown-throated sloth, Bradypus variegatus). Biotropica. doi:10.1111/btp.12540
Follow this link for Dr. Jessica Light’s new publication on mammal chewing louse.
Light, J.E., S.E. Harper, K.P. Johnson, J.D. Demastes, and T.A. Spradling. 2018. Development and characterization of 12 novel polymorphic microsatellite loci for the mammal chewing louse Geomydoecues ewingi (Insecta: Phthiraptera) and a comparison of next-generation sequencing approaches for use in parasitology. Journal of Parasitology 104: 89-95.
Dr. William Grant has a new article regarding certain impacts of fear-driven behaviors on lactating dolphins. Follow this link to read more.
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To feed or not to feed? Bioenergetic impacts of fear-driven behaviors in lactating dolphins. Ecol Evol. 2018;8:1384–1398. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3732, , , , .
There’s a new article by Dr. Jacquelyn K. Grace about maltreatment of wild birds and the effects of certain stressors. To read more about how early-life maltreatment stress responses of the wild birds, follow this link.
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Dr. Delbert M. Gatlinn III has an article in Aquaculture on the metabolic responses of Nile tilapia. Interested in learning more? Then, please click here to read the full article regarding the tilapia’s responses to methionine and taurine supplementation.
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