Monday, March 06, 2006

Fish and Wildlife Management students prepare to attend Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

Thanks to Shannon Rabby - Wildlife Instructor for this post!

HCC’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society is preparing to attend the 2006 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave at Tennessee Tech University March 9-12. Conclave is an annual event that brings students from all over the southeast together to represent their schools in various fish and wildlife management-related activities and competitions. At Conclave, Haywood Community College students compete against over 20 other southeastern schools including large universities such as the University of Georgia, LSU, Auburn, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, NC State, the University of Florida, Mississippi State, and Clemson. Competitions include an academic quiz bowl tournament, a team field competition, game calling, canoeing, archery, radiotelemetry, dendrology, orienteering, rock climbing, art, photography, and an essay contest. In addition, students attend wildlife-related field trips, attend dinners and socials, and get an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and working professionals in the field of wildlife management.

This year, 26 students and 3 faculty will travel to Falls Creek Falls State Park in Tennessee for the event. Our students prepare for Conclave by taking on additional studies and honing their skills in fish and wildlife identification, management techniques, ecology and equipment operation. The HCC Wildlife Club is proud to be the only two-year school that attends this annual event. Despite the fact that our students compete against large universities whose teams often include graduate students, our HCC wildlifers have always done very well at this event- further proof that our program is one of the best around!

Stay tuned for the results and pictures of our experience at the 2006 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave!


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