Wildlife

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University contact person: Dr. Tom Hunt

Event Coordinator:  Randy Tenpas, Dr. Tom Hunt

Information from related Wildlife Events:

Contest Purpose:  The wildlife contest will evaluate general knowledge in the broad area of wildlife conservation.  Since this field is not "well defined" as many more traditional agriculture or lifescience areas, there may be more reliance on references and outdoor experiences as well as on classroom preparation.

Objectives:

  1. To provide high school agriculture students with dairy interests a practical experience in the area of natural resources and wildlife conservation.
  2. To develop students' skills in the identification of common wild animals in Wisconsin and their basic ecology.
  3. To develop students' understanding of the basic laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife.
  4. To develop students' skills in the description and use of common wildlife management/research techniques.
  5. To develop students' knowledge of current issues in wildlife conservation.

Event format:

This contest will consist of two parts, each requiring about 45 minutes to an hour. A general knowledge part will include an exam containing approximately 50 multiple choice questions. The second part will be a practicum consisting of 25 to 50 mounted specimens, furs, skeletal materials, research tools, photographs, diagrams, and food items for identification and/or description.

Knowledge/Skills needed

I. Use of basic terminology of wildlife ecology/management.

II. Identification of common wild animals of Wisconsin and their basic ecology

III. Understanding of the basic laws and regulations pertaining to wildlife

IV. Description and use of common wildlife management/research techniques

V. Current issues in wildlife conservation