Don’t forget that tomorrow, Friday, April 20th, our own Dr. Josh Perkin will be giving a seminar on “Fish ecology and conservation in riverscapes” as part of the WFSC Graduate Lunchtime Seminar Series, Spring 2018.
Discover the Aquacultural Research and Teaching Facility (ARTF) with the Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University!
BioBlitz is a large-scale biodiversity awareness event that takes place at Lick Creek Park on Friday, April 27th from 7:30-9PM and Saturday, April 28th from 9AM-2PM.
On Friday, there will be a bat walk to see what kind of nocturnal wildlife can be seen. Saturday is the larger portion of the event, where a variety of booths focused on mammals, reptiles, birds, and fish that will be set up and have live displays of local wildlife found in the park. The main goal of the event is to spread conservation awareness and allow kids the chance to connect with nature through several interactive activities.
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.
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.
Full article citation:
Grace, Jacquelyn K., Anderson, David J. Early-life maltreatment predicts adult stress resposne in a long-lived wild bird. Biology Letters, Volume 14, January 2018, http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/14/1/20170679
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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