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Workshops offer training in natural resource enterprises

Two one-day workshops will provide the tools for farmers and landowners to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, and wildlife watching are examples of enterprises based on the natural resources commonly found on Mississippi’s private lands.

An April 13 event will be held ...

3/25/2010

Wild pigs make tracks all over Mississippi

Wild pigs are digging up trouble across the state and causing major crop damage, so Mississippi State University and federal experts are helping landowners and farmers eradicate the troublesome beasts.

Wild pigs are a highly adaptable species that is not native to North America. They are seen throughout the country, causing vast agricu...

3/25/2010

MSU offers squirrel hunt event for youth

Several wildlife groups will assist in a Feb. 13 youth event in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University&rsquop;s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture in the College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people. The hunt will take place at the Noxub...

1/21/2010

Youth quail hunts offer education, fun

Young hunters will learn about quail hunting and conservation at two upcoming day-long events in Clarke and Clay counties.

Quail Forever is organizing the Feb. 27 and March 6 events with help from the Mississippi State University Extension Service, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, and the 2009 Youth Particip...

1/21/2010

MSU researchers announce Web-based duck migration forecast

As global warming and climate change debates continue to "heat up" worldwide, researchers at Mississippi State are examining how weather influences duck migration patterns.

"In the past few years, we have observed that ducks are not migrating to southern latitudes in abundance, or are doing so generally only in the prese...

12/11/2009

Protecting young bucks increases herd potential

Mississippi State University research has found that protecting young bucks improves herd health and creates a better hunting experience.

The university’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has been conducting deer research for more than 40 years with the goal of improving deer populations throughout the Southeast....

11/19/2009

MSU professor again honored for practical waterfowl research

A nationally recognized Mississippi State wildlife biologist and university administrator is receiving another major honor from The Wildlife Society.

Richard M. Kaminski, associate dean of the College of Forest Resources, is the international organization’s latest selection for the Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in Applied W...

10/23/2009

Resource workshop explores outdoor business ventures

People wanting to learn how to develop forest habitats, wildlife areas, streams, lakes and other natural settings into income generators can attend an outdoor recreational business workshop Nov. 10 at Legion State Park in Louisville.

The one-day workshop will give attendees information to start and manage a natural resource enterprise....

10/22/2009

Project to preserve rare Mississippi ecosystem

A 350-acre area of deep ravines and bluff ridges in Webster County is being preserved to protect its plant and animal diversity that resembles that of the Appalachian Mountains.

The Appalachian Mountains stretch from Alabama to Canada with foothills in northeastern Mississippi. Some 100 miles from these foothills is an area in central ...

10/15/2009

MSU department name change reflects impact of aquaculture

Mississippi State’s wildlife and fisheries department is changing its name to reflect the state aquaculture industry’s importance and the university’s role in its continuing development.

During its September meeting, the state College Board approved the change to the department of wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture, ...

10/1/2009

Wildlife festival offers educational family fun

Live snakes, alligators and turtles are just a few of the Mississippi wildlife that will be on display at the Oct. 17 wildlife festival at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station in Newton.

The 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. event will include bird dog and falconry demonstrations, and tours of wildlife management areas at the experiment station.

10/1/2009

Research shows gobbler activity varies by area

Turkey hunting is a popular sport throughout Mississippi, and the sound of a gobbler responding to a call is unrivaled for the more than 30,000 hunters who spend mid-March to May in search of the elusive bird.

While the season is set in spring for the entire state, many hunters have expressed concerns over the time frame as it relates ...

10/1/2009

NRCS releases study on Conservation Practices for bobwhite quail habitat

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and Agricultural Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) today announced the release of a new study on conservation practices that improve Bobwhite Quail habitat. Titled "Managing Working Lands for Northern Bobwhite: the USDA NRCS Bobwhite Restoration Project,&qu...


MSU team removes invasive plants, boosts Delta lake use

The lakes of the Mississippi Delta offer numerous recreational uses throughout the year. However, too many invasive aquatic plant species can create a less-than-optimal environment for fish and people.

A project in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is looking at two different management practices ...


MSU prof assists with storm water planning in neighboring state

Extreme storm events striking large municipalities often create challenges for quickly moving accumulated rainwater away from business and residential areas, as well as high-traffic thoroughfares.

Such was the case for Jonesboro, Ark., whose 300-plus miles of ditches often swelled to overflowing during heavy storms. To address the issu...


Conservation camps transform science into fun family activity

Families that do not venture outside miss what the outdoors can teach them about conservation and natural resource management, but Mississippi State University offers a summer camp series that combines fun and excitement with science and career exploration.

As a nation, many Americans are losing touch with the outdoors because electr...


Oktibbeha County 4H wildlife judging team takes third place at national competition

Four Oktibbeha County high school students recently placed third in the 4H National Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) Contest, held in Zwolle, LA.

WHEP is a 4-H youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior level (ages 8-19) youth in the United States. Partici...


2009 Dove Field Demonstration Set for Kilmichael

Landowners, managers and others will have the opportunity to learn how to plant and manage dove food plots at the 2009 Dove Food Plot Demonstration and Field Day.

The August 29 event is perfect timing for the September 5 opening day. Held in Kilmichael, the event is free and open to the public and begins at 9:00 a.m. Instruction on p...


Ducks Unlimited Honors Mississippi Heroes Of Conservation

Ducks Unlimited will recognize eight Mississippians for their individual conservation commitments in Jackson, Miss., August 1.

The Heroes of Conservation evening, including; dinner, honors presentation, conservation program presentations and an auction, will be held at the Hilton of Jackson.

Event honorees include:

  • B...


    Artificial reefs may help restore red snapper stocks

    The red snapper has proven to be an economically and culturally important fish species, but their numbers are declining throughout the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

    To help address this problem, Mississippi State University scientists, in collaboration with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, are examining how artificial...


    Grassy habitats improve fisheries

    Many anglers have long lived by the motto "grass equals bass," and for a bass fisherman, there is nothing more thrilling than pulling a spinner-bait along a weed edge and getting a strike.

    This simple motto is being investigated by researchers who say that the right type of vegetation in lakes and reservoirs can improve fishi...


    Workshops teach how to manage land for deer

    Each year some 300,000 Mississippi hunters take to the woods in search of white-tailed deer. Before opening day, landowners and hunters spend hours preparing their properties and equipment for the hunting season.

    A workshop sponsored by Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and Forest and Wildlife Research Center, and ...


    New MSU book prescribes habitat management in unlikely places

    A new book by two Mississippi State faculty members is examining more than a half-century of research on wildlife habitat enhancement techniques used for areas often given little or no consideration.

    "Wildlife Habitat Management for Special Use Areas" by wildlife biology professor emeritus Dale H. Arner and wildlife and fishe...


    Mesocosm bridges study gap between lake and laboratory

    Aquatic researchers at Mississippi State University study the natural mechanisms at work in lake ecosystems so they can find better ways to manage habitats, but large bodies of water do not always make good laboratories.

    Different lakes can have different sets of variables and environmental conditions that influence an outdoor study. S...


    Invasive plant control may affect lake health

    Some scientists researching invasive water plants look at the direct effects of these plants and others assess different control methods.

    Mississippi State University graduate student Erica Schlickeisen wanted to know about the indirect and sometimes unanticipated effects invasive plants have on water quality and microbial activity.


    Workshop explores wild hog problems

    Wild hogs make pigs of themselves when rooting through crops and young forests, leaving behind a wide swath of damage and economic loss.

    Producers and wildlife managers who deal with this problem can get help by attending a wild hog workshop sponsored by the Mississippi State University Extension Service; the Mississippi Department of ...


    MSU forest resource major wins in regional competition

    A doctoral student in Mississippi State’s College of Forest Resources is a top research winner in recent regional competition.

    Stephen L. Webb finished in second place at the 32nd Southeast Deer Study Group Meeting for his presentation "Movement patterns of white-tailed deer related to moon phase and weather." He is spe...


    Student wildlife researcher named 12th Goldwater Scholar at MSU

    A senior wildlife and fisheries major at Mississippi State is a new national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

    Mitchell D. "Mitch" Weegman of Winona, Minn., is among nearly 280 university students being honored this year with the official U.S. tribute to the late former Arizona Republican senator and prominent American statesman.


    Butterflies benefit from agricultural buffers

    Scientists at Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are researching ways in which farmers, through the use of conservation buffers, can help keep butterfly habitats safe and healthy.

    Floating across the air effortlessly, butterflies flutter from flower to flower, providing scientists with a glimpse of...


    College of Forest Resources sets summer camp dates

    Those with a love for the outdoors have five conservation camps to take advantage of this summer offered through the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in Mississippi State University’s College of Forest Resources.

    The camps are educational and intergenerational and are geared for anyone interested in the outdoors. They will be...


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