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MSU study reveals wild side of famous military park

Thousands of annual visitors to the Vicksburg National Military Park walk and drive through the riverside scene of a pivotal Civil War battle. Most remain, however, within the well-manicured areas that surround most monuments, artillery emplacements and other key points of the great struggle.

Few probably ever appreciate the 1,800-acre...

3/13/2006

Landowners explore income opportunities

Mississippi and Arkansas landowners interested in earning additional revenue from their land can take part in a March 2 workshop focusing on natural resource enterprises.

A variety of enterprises can be developed from natural resources including fee hunting and fishing, agritourism, wildlife watching, trail riding and heritage tourism....

2/16/2006

MSU helping balance Mother Nature, military readiness

When the petite blonde researcher from Mississippi State speaks, even heavy artillery and tank commanders listen.

Since 1987, Jeanne Jones has been helping the military with techniques that create harmony between military training and natural resources conservation. While erosion control was the initial focus on more than 280,000 acre...

2/7/2006

MSU doctoral student Dan O'Keefe selected for national award

A College of Forest Resources doctoral student at Mississippi State is among four honored recently by professionals attending the 2005 Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference in Michigan.

Daniel M. "Dan" O'Keefe of Shepherd, Mich., who is completing a terminal degree in wildlife and fisheries at the land-grant university, received the fi...

12/16/2005

Brazilian scholars expand fisheries knowledge at MSU

Far from their home 4,600 miles to the south, two husband/wife Brazilian research teams are studying fisheries and aquatic ecosystems in Mississippi.

During the just concluded fall semester, aquatic ecologists Sidinei Thomaz and Rosemara Fugi of Maringa State University have been the guests of Mississippi State wildlife and fisheries ...

12/12/2005

MSU Berryman Seminar to focus on human-wildlife conflicts

A key administrator with the federal Wildlife Service will be the featured speaker Nov. 29 for the 2005 Berryman Institute Seminar at Mississippi State University.

Rich Chipman, New York state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture agency, will lead an hourlong public program beginning at 10:30 a.m. in 208A Thompson Hall.

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11/15/2005

MSU '06 workshops to offer natural resources enterprise lessons

Bird watching is a national phenomenon, one the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has called the fastest growing recreational activity in America.

The federal agency is reporting that some 50 million citizens identify themselves as bird watchers. Add to this multi-billion dollar activity those who also hunt and fish, and landowners--espe...

10/27/2005

MSU technology helped save lives on hurricane-battered coast

Mississippi State scientists used their aerial imagery and mapping skills to help rescue hundreds of stranded survivors of Hurricane Katrina and are continuing to provide valuable assistance in the ongoing disaster recovery effort.

Thirteen faculty, researchers and graduate students from the university's GeoResources Institute and Fore...

9/21/2005

MSU researcher recognized for contributions to quail conservation

An avian ecologist and wildlife and fisheries professor at Mississippi State University is receiving a major regional honor for his contributions to the conservation of bobwhite quail.

Wes Burger's recent presentation of the Southeast Quail Study Group Annual Award puts him in the select company of only eight others who have received t...

9/14/2005

New MSU study: Saving waste rice for ducks also saves dollars

A soon-to-be completed study by Mississippi State scientists recommends that farmers who leave standing stubble in rice fields after harvest may increase "waste" rice by 44 percent for waterfowl wintering in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley.

The five-year university investigation into various post-harvest field practices also con...

8/8/2005

Reversing the Trend, MSU professor works to restore bobwhite quail

The whistle of the bobwhite quail evokes fond memories of growing up in the south. Each spring, the whistle can be heard throughout the countryside, ‘bob-bob-white'. Male bobwhites are whistling in hopes of attracting females to the area. However, the whistle of the bobwhite is declining across the country.

It's not only the whistl...

5/1/2005

CSI:MSU

You may think television has the crime scene investigation landscape covered with programs set in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and anywhere the U.S. Navy operates. It has, however, missed a location where a lot of laws are broken: the nation's hunting and recreational fishing areas.

Teaching current and future wildlife law enforcem...

1/30/2005

MSU white-tailed deer research receives national recognition

Though nearly annihilated in the Southeast during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, white-tailed deer populations have rebounded thanks to highly successful recovery programs.

A Mississippi State research report examining genetic effects of the recovery programs is earning the top publication award of the Wildlife Society, an in...

1/3/2005

U.S. education groups tap Jeanne Jones of MSU for highest honor

A 20-year wildlife and fisheries teaching and research veteran at Mississippi State is being recognized by two nationally prominent education-support organizations.

Associate professor Jeanne C. Jones is receiving the 2004 Mississippi CASE Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the...

12/14/2004

MSU student wildlife researcher receives top international honor

A pioneering genetic study of male deer reproductive success is earning a first-place international honor for a recent doctoral graduate of Mississippi State.

Randall W. "Randy” DeYoung of Kingsville, Texas, a May graduate of the university's department of wildlife and fisheries, recently was honored for a research report he presented...

11/1/2004

Waterfowl workshop promotes youth hunting ethics, skills

A half-day program Nov. 13 at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge near Starkville will introduce young people ages 12-18 to the sport and ethics of hunting waterfowl.

The Noxubee Youth Waterfowl Workshop is an annual collaboration among Mississippi State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Society, and a number of cor...

10/28/2004

Research targets restoring quail species

Declining populations of quail led Mississippi State University researchers to a grant to study the effectiveness of programs that restore habitat for this traditionally popular game bird.

Wildlife researchers hope to turn around the Northern bobwhite quail's population decline by recreating elements of historic land conditions. The po...

9/17/2004

MSU research: dwindling waste rice will affect wintering waterfowl

Rice lands, once thought to be a plentiful feast for ducks in the Mississippi Delta region, may not provide the banquet predicted.

A recent four-year study by Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center indicates the carrying capacity of rice lands for wintering waterfowl actually is about 80 percent less than that estimate...

9/10/2004

Rainy weather drives beavers to timberlands

Torrential rains during June caused beavers to move from their normal habitats to seek new food and building materials, and Mississippi State researchers advise checking timberlands for damage now that rains have subsided.

Scientists at MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center note that because of their aquatic nature, flat-tailed, sh...

8/13/2004

MSU researcher offers Golden Triangle duck food for thought

Where are the ducks?

That's the question Rick Kaminski of Mississippi State hears constantly from duck hunting enthusiasts throughout the Golden Triangle area and beyond. The waterfowl ecologist, a university faculty member since 1983, also listens as many speculate how folks up North intentionally are feeding the game birds to keep...

7/13/2004

New MSU course is forensics files of wildlife investigation

When 15 students in a brand-new Mississippi State University academic course shoulder their backpacks and head to class, textbooks aren't their major concern.

In addition to their normal note-taking tools, they're packing fingerprint powder, evidence markers and cotton swabs.

The students are a new breed of forensic scienti...

3/22/2004

MSU scientists exploring disappearing bluebill duck populations

Scientists at Mississippi State are among those who want to know why populations of lesser scaup—or, as they're commonly known, bluebills—continued to decline while most species of North American waterfowl experienced dramatic increases during the 1990s.

Recent joint studies by faculty in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research ...

12/15/2003

James Miller of MSU receives major regional conservation award

A regional professional organization is recognizing a Mississippi State faculty member's contributions and service to wildlife resource conservation.

Extension/outreach research professor James E. Miller recently was honored with the 2003 Clarence W. Watson Award at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Banquet in...

11/4/2003

MSU student research presentation receives major recognition

A wildlife study of an endangered waterfowl species in her native Puerto Rico is earning a Mississippi State graduate student recognition from an international organization.

Marisel Lopez-Flores, a master's degree student in wildlife and fisheries under the direction of Francisco J. Vilella, is being honored by the Neotropical Ornithol...

10/31/2003

MSU research untangles pine forest to provide wildlife habitat

Scientists in Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center have found a new way to replicate certain features of pre-colonial forests and untangle the pine forests of today. Their goal: to benefit both 21st century forests and the wildlife species inhabiting them.

"Fire was a natural and essential process in Southern pine fo...

10/23/2003

Collaboration launches new bobwhite quail conservation initiative

An agreement signed today [Aug. 7] is establishing a major regional bobwhite quail conservation initiative to be directed by Mississippi State University with oversight by the USDA's Wildlife Habitat Management Institute.

The agreement enables wildlife researchers at the university to coordinate conservation efforts with more than 20 ...

8/7/2003

MSU professor co-authors bass handling handbook

A Mississippi State professor is the co-author of a detailed new guidebook for fishing tournament organizers and the anglers who compete in the wildly successful aquatic challenges.

Hal Schramm of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center has collaborated with Gene Gilliland of the Oklahoma Fishery Research Laboratory to pr...

7/25/2003

MSU deer pens to be dedicated to former university employee

The Captive Deer Complex at Mississippi State will be renamed Saturday [June 14] for Rusty Dawkins, its longtime head who died last year.

Dawkins, a 40-year-old Starkville resident and Noxubee County native, had served for 15 years as coordinator of the 11-acre animal care facility established nearly 30 years ago by the university...

6/10/2003

MSU researchers seek to restore disappearing walleye populations

The Gulf Coast strain of walleye is a freshwater fish renowned for sweet, fine-textured meat. Native to the Deep South and once abundant throughout most of Mississippi, it now has virtually disappeared.

A two-year research project under way in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center is seeking to reverse that...

4/3/2003

International aquaculture society recognizes MSU professor

A veteran Mississippi State aquaculture scientist is receiving a major honor from an international professional society.

Louis R. D'Abramo, professor in the wildlife and fisheries department, recently was honored by the World Aquaculture Society, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Baton rouge, La. He was presented...

3/28/2003

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