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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

Mississippi wadeable streams ignored too long

Mississippi streams do not offer the fly-fishing opportunities found in the West, but the state's wadeable streams provide good sport fishing of spotted and largemouth bass, longear sunfish and bluegill sunfish.

These streams are not the sport fishermen magnets that streams are in the highland region of the United States, so many wadea...

6/25/2007

MSU scientists study wild hog management

Feral hogs have perhaps the worst reputation of any wild game animal in the nation, and Mississippi State University researchers hope to gain the upper hand by studying their habitat and populations.

While hunters enjoy pursuing these elusive and dangerous animals, most landowners view wild hogs as nuisances because of their extremel...

5/17/2007

Wildlife, fisheries camp offers fun for all ages

Camping often brings people closer to nature, but Mississippi State University is also offering the opportunity to learn about wildlife, fisheries and the great outdoors to parents, teachers and children as young as 10.

Two camps will be offered this summer: June 3-7 and July 8-12. The cost for each camp is $225 per person and includes...

5/4/2007

Lou D'Abramo of MSU honored for shellfish industry contributions

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

Louis R. D'Abramo was presented with a meritorious award recognizing outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the National Shellfisheries Association, which recently held its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texa...

3/21/2007

MSU graduate students sweep research competitions

Four wildlife and fisheries science graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are top winners in recent regional research competitions.

Heather J. Theel of Aurora, Ill., Nathaniel C. "Nate" Hodgins of Sioux City, Iowa, and Amy B. Spencer of Columbus, Ohio, were among seven competing at the annual meeting and ...

2/26/2007

Survey reveals nature of Mississippi hunters

It is a cold January morning, the sun is just breaking through the trees, birds are chirping, and Marvell Howard sits in his favorite tree stand; about 500 yards away, his teenage son occupies his own tree stand.

Both father and son hope to get a shot at elusive white-tailed deer near their Oktibbeha County home.

Howard's ...

2/15/2007

Institute helps solve human-wildlife conflicts

Flying low across the water, looking for a good meal, the black-crowned night heron quickly caught the attention of Mississippi catfish producers.

Farmers first noticed the 22- to 28-inch, stocky-bodied bird in the spring of 2004. With its black cap, gray wings and red eyes, the bird concerned producers because it appeared to prefer f...

2/8/2007

Learn how to manage a natural resource business

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

The March 20 event will begin at 8 a.m. at Cato Baptist Church in southern Rankin County. Following lunch, the afternoon session will be located on and hosted by Springwater Ranch, which is 15 min...

2/8/2007

Nature training attracts group leaders, teachers

Teachers, 4-H agents, volunteers and other group leaders are among those who are invited to take part in a two-day facilitator training for people interested in conservation activities.

Mississippi State University's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring the Leopold Education Project training Feb. 8-9 at the Noxubee Nation...

1/11/2007

MSU faculty artist offers work to support conservation group

A new painting by Mississippi State associate professor Jeanne Jones is being used to benefit Bear Education and Restoration Mississippi.

The artist's limited-edition signed and numbered prints of a mother bear with two cubs are being offered for sale to aid the Rolling Fork-based non-profit organization.

Founded in 2004, BE...

12/6/2006

MSU announces waterfowl-wetland conservation scholarships

A Georgia-based company is doing much more than building upscale residences these days.

Scenic Homes, a family owned business, also is working to further waterfowl and wetland conservation through a $424,000 scholarship endowment recently established at Mississippi State.

The owner and partners of the construction firm--whi...

10/18/2006

New book by MSU professor takes readers on outdoor adventures

A collection of short stories and conservational essays by a veteran Mississippi State fisheries biologist and nationally recognized conservationist now is on bookshelves.

"Tracks" reflects on the 20-year professional career--spent largely outdoors--of university professor Donald C. Jackson. The 279-page collection is published by Univ...

10/17/2006

Recognized wildlife veterinarian to lead MSU program

The executive director of an international organization specializing in wildlife capture and handling will speak Oct. 26 at Mississippi State.

Dr. Mark Johnson of Global Wildlife Resources Inc. will lead an hourlong public program beginning at 11 a.m. in the Tulley Auditorium of Thompson Hall. A reception follows in the lobby.

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10/16/2006

MSU student honored for waterfowl study presentation

A College of Forest Resources doctoral student at Mississippi State University is receiving national recognition for his research presentation on waterfowl populations in the Magnolia State.

Aaron T. Pearse of Oberlin, Kan., received a top award for an oral report given at the recent Fourth North American Duck Symposium in Bismarck, N....

10/10/2006

MSU scientists hunting statistics about state hunters

An analysis of 25 years of a Mississippi hunters survey reveals both a decline in the number of licensed hunters and a noticeable shift in species sought.

Mississippi licensed big game hunters have decreased from 211,063 in 1980 to 180,765 in 2005, or 14 percent. Small game hunters have decreased from 255,932 to 185,478, or 27 percent...

9/20/2006

MSU researchers advise not to waste 'waste rice'

Millions of ducks and geese depend on waste rice -- grain that escapes combines during harvest -- as a rich source of energy while wintering in major rice-growing states such as Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas.

Rice producers do not intentionally waste rice, but combines are unable to collect all the ri...

8/10/2006

Natural resources businesses provide income opportunities

Landowners searching for ways to increase their income may need to look no further than their backyard. That is what Wade Henson did.

Henson developed a successful fee-hunting business on his family's farm near Kilmichael. He started Cypress Lodge Outfitters on a shoestring budget in 1994, offering just a few hunts a year.

"N...

7/19/2006

MSU professor to head leading professional fisheries society

A nationally recognized professor in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is in line to become president of the American Fisheries Society.

Don Jackson of the university's wildlife and fisheries department recently was elected as the organization's second vice president. He becomes the top officer of the 10,000-member organ...

6/30/2006

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