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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 ...

4/30/2009

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...

4/23/2009

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.

4/6/2009

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...

3/26/2009

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...

3/12/2009

MSU offers youth hunt in Noxubee

Several wildlife groups will assist in an event for future hunters on Feb. 14 in an effort to lay the foundation for safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources is offering a squirrel hunt for young people at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, located southeast of Starkville.

The ...

1/29/2009

Workshop to educate on bobwhite habitat in state

A Feb. 11-13 workshop hosted by the Mississippi State University Extension Service will help restore the whistle of the bobwhite to properties throughout the Southeast.

Designed for landowners, the intensive workshop includes detailed information on bobwhite biology and management. The on-campus workshop in Tully Auditorium at MSU's T...

1/8/2009

MSU wildlife biologist receives top honor of world body

Jeanne C. Jones of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

An associate professor in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, she is being honored by the Bethesda, Md.-based organization for "distinguished and exceptional service" to the profession.

"Dr. Jones is known for her work on reclaim...

12/19/2008

MSU faculty, grad students receive Wildlife Society honors

Three faculty members and two graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are being honored by The Wildlife Society, Mississippi Chapter.

Competing among a field of 13, wildlife and fisheries doctoral candidate Dawn H. Manning of Starkville recently received the best student visual display award. Under the dire...

10/17/2008

Explore outdoor business ideas in upcoming workshop

Wildlife watching, fee fishing, fee hunting and horse trail riding as outdoor recreational businesses will be discussed at a Sept. 30 workshop at Richardson's Tree Farm in Brookhaven.

The one-day workshop based on Mississippi's natural resources is for farmers, landowners and resource managers. It will provide attendees with the resour...

9/12/2008

Soil quality impacts size of deer antlers

Mississippi State University researchers are investigating the connection between soil fertility and antler size as deer hunters prepare for their annual quest for the elusive trophy buck.

As fall approaches, masses of hunters begin to dust off bows, construct tree stands and sight in rifles. Deer season opens Oct. 15 for most of the ...

9/5/2008

D'Abramo selected to head MSU graduate school

A veteran faculty member, aquaculture researcher and chairman of Mississippi State's distinguished professor group is the university's new graduate school dean.

Louis R. "Lou" D'Abramo also will serve as associate vice president for academic affairs at the land-grant institution. A wildlife and fisheries professor, he has held the rank...

9/5/2008

MSU focuses on the lost art of grabbling

Mississippi State University is preparing for a research project to understand what motivates fishing enthusiasts to risk personal injury reaching into a dark, underwater hole to grab a fish instead of using the traditional hook-and-line method.

Grabbling, or noodling, is a form of angling often referred to as a lost art. The tradition...

8/14/2008

MSU names a new fisheries specialist

A new wildlife and fisheries specialist is available to assist Mississippians with pond management issues on their property.

Wes Neal assumed responsibilities with Mississippi State University's Extension Service on July 1.

"We are pleased to have such a talented fisheries specialist on board after a three-year absence of a s...

7/31/2008

MSU workshop teaches teachers about butterflies

Teachers have a unique opportunity in June to join a group of experts from around the world to study butterflies and moths.

The Lepidopterist Society is holding its 59th annual meeting at Mississippi State University June 23-27. Members from around the world will attend this meeting, and others are gathering for the annual meeting of t...

5/13/2008

Anglers, Tourists Seek Mississippi's "Arc"

Mississippi's "Arc of Slabs" is a prime destination for families or individuals seeking a day of good fishing or a whole vacation on the water.

The Arc of Slabs, a term recently coined by In-Fisherman magazine, refers to the four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood-control reservoirs along the Interstate 55 corridor in north Mi...

5/1/2008

Camps offer all ages outdoor experiences

Mississippi State University is offering different kinds of family vacations this summer.

Four educational summer camps that appeal to families who enjoy the outdoors will be offered: two are based at the MSU campus in Starkville and one will be in north Mississippi at Crow’s Neck Environmental Center in Tishomingo County. The location...

4/4/2008

Natural Resources workshop focuses on outdoor businesses

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, trail riding and wildlife watching are examples of outdoor recreational businesses based on natural resources commonly found on Mississippi private lands.

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage a natural resour...

3/27/2008

Landowners find value in their own backyards

Some housing prices are sagging, but Mississippi landowners may need to look no further than their backyards to find hidden property value, according to a recent Mississippi State University study.

The study found that properties throughout the state with outdoor recreational opportunities increased in value, particularly in the Missis...

2/8/2008

MSU graduate student tracking the crow of the sea

Nearly 1,500 miles from Mississippi State, student researcher Jennifer Chastant eases her way through nests of double-crested cormorants on a Canadian lake.

After picking out the largest bird, she proceeds to measure, band and record information about the voracious predator, which, in this case, sports a 52-inch wing span. Her work on...

1/31/2008

MSU faculty member, student take top regional honors

A Mississippi State faculty member and a doctoral student at the university are being recognized for respective achievements by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

In recent SEAFWA competition, College of Forest Resources associate professor Jeanne Jones was cited for the best wildlife research report that she ...

12/10/2007

Outdoor magazine honors MSU professors, alumnus

Two Mississippi State University professors and an MSU alumnus are included in Outdoor Life 25, a group of leaders, innovators, conservationists and unsung heroes who have made major contributions to hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports.

Richard M. Kaminski, Marty Brunson and James Earl Kennamer are among the 25 selected by reader...

12/6/2007

MSU profs, grad student honored for research at regional meeting

Two faculty members and a doctoral student in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources are top winners in a recent regional research competition.

Wildlife and fisheries assistant professor Bronson Strickland and professor Steve Demarais received the Best Peer-Reviewed Publication and Best Technical Publication awards ...

12/3/2007

MSU research helps bass make big economic splash

Research by scientists at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is reaping benefits for Nature's Catch, the largest pond-based producer of hybrid striped bass in the United States.

For more than 11 years, MSU researchers Lou D'Abramo and Terry Hanson have worked with managers of the Clarksdale-based aquaculture ...

11/15/2007

MSU waterfowl, wetland ecologist named international fellow

Richard M. Kaminski of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

A professor at the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the Bethesda, Md.-based organization for "distinguished and exceptional service" to the profession.

"Dr. Kaminski is known internationally for his rese...

10/9/2007

Donald Jackson of MSU honored for gulf fisheries research

An internationally recognized Mississippi State fisheries biologist is receiving a major honor for his post-Katrina work from a national professional society.

Donald C. Jackson, a 21-year teaching and research veteran of the university, was presented with the American Fisheries Society's 2007 Distinguished Service Award at the organiz...

9/26/2007

Landowner workshop explores income options

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide the tools to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

The Sept. 18 event will begin at 8 a.m. It will be held on privately owned property south of Brandon, just off of Highway 18 in Rankin County.

Workshop participants will hear presenta...

8/30/2007

MSU administrator to head leading wildlife society

A nationally recognized administrator in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is on track to become president of The Wildlife Society.

Bruce Leopold, head of the university's wildlife and fisheries department, recently was elected as TWS vice president. In 2009, he moves to the top administrative office of the 10,000-membe...

8/13/2007

Demonstrations will show dove field management

Knowledge of how to plant and manage a legal dove field in Mississippi can put hunters ahead of the game as mourning dove season approaches.

Two Dove Field Demonstrations and Wildlife Field Days will be held in August. The first will be at Mississippi State University's Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Experiment Station on Aug. 11 and the sec...

7/26/2007

Studying bugs can help students learn

Entomologists and wildlife and fisheries faculty at Mississippi State University think you can learn a lot from insects, so they are interested in developing a curriculum for K-12 education that uses the creepy-crawlies to teach a variety of subjects.

For about 15 years, Mississippi State University's Department of Entomology and Plant...

7/19/2007

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