Wildlife majors from the University of Arkansas at Monticello recently joined their counterparts from 21 other colleges and universities in a competition of technical and physical events at the 2013 Southeastern Student Wildlife Conclave hosted by North Carolina State University.
Held at Southern Pines, North Carolina, the event is one of four regional student conclaves hosted annually by The Wildlife Society, providing college students with hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation.
Teams of students from each university competed in 21 different events, ranging from fish identification and ecology to wetland plant identification, scat and track identification, animal anatomy, antler scoring, and something called “all frog radio.”
“They set up speakers in the woods at different distances from the student competitors and play different frog calls over the speakers,” said Dr. Douglas Osborne, assistant professor in the UAM School of Forest Resources and faculty advisor. “The students have to identify the type of frog, estimate the distance from the frog, and using a mathematical formula, estimate the frog population.”
In team competition, UAM placed third in forest measurements, seventh in wildlife population estimation, eleventh in obstacle course, and 15th in the Quiz Bowl competition.
Individually, Skyler McLean, a junior from Rison, placed first in unaltered photography, third in field photography, and third in free-form art with a sturgeon made from cow bone, cypress knee, clay, and muscadine vine.
Emily Oliver, a sophomore from Crossett, placed third in turkey calling and seventh in the rifle competition; Ozzie Young, a senior from El Dorado, was sixth in dendrology; James Whitaker, a graduate student from Osceola, placed seventh in lab practicum; and Robert Floyd, a junior from Stuttgart, was ninth in the shotgun competition.
The 2014 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave will be hosted by Clemson University. For more information, contact the School of Forest Resources at (870) 460-1052.