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Fall 2008 Meetings For Wildlife Enthusiasts

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Posted Aug. 31, 2008

One of the most important attributes of a good natural resource manager is that they never stop learning. Continuing our education is an important job duty of the wildlife and fisheries staff at the Noble Research Institute. Being involved in research and demonstration projects and attending educational events such as seminars, workshops and field days help keep us up-to-date on wildlife and fisheries management knowledge. This enables us to provide the most current information to you. There will be several wildlife management workshops and field days in south-central Oklahoma during September and October 2008.

This fall, the Noble Research Institute will be hosting two White-tailed Deer Management Workshops. The first workshop will be at the Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, Okla., on Sept. 17, and the second will be at the Double D Ranch in Stephens County, Okla., on Sept. 23. Topics covered during these workshops will include deer biology, habitat and population management, food habits, deer management associations, the Oklahoma Deer Management Assistance Program, deer health and diseases, and antler development.

Attendees will also participate in three work stations to learn about deer food plant identification, how to age deer, and how to measure and score antlers. During a short walk, attendees will learn to identify important deer food plants and the time of year deer use them. Attendees will learn how difficult it really is to age wild deer. We will explain the current technique that is used and point out reasons why you should be careful when using this technique. We will also demonstrate how to measure a deer's antlers using the Boone and Crockett scoring system.

For both workshops, registration will begin at 10:00 a.m., and we plan to conclude by 5:20 p.m. There is a $15 registration fee for the workshop that includes a catered lunch, snacks and educational materials. If you are interested in attending, call Tracy Cumbie at 580.224.6411 or register online at www.noble.org/AgEvents.

On Oct. 7, a Fire, Wildlife, Timber and Cattle Grazing Field Tour will be held at the Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area near Clayton, Okla. This tour is sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Topics on the current agenda include the history of the Pushmataha Wildlife Management Area, the use of prescribed fire, timber harvest and cattle grazing to meet your objectives, and integrated timber, livestock and wildlife management. Presenters will be from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Tall Timber Research Station in Florida and OSU Extension. To learn more about the meeting, contact Terry Bidwell at 405.744.9618 or terry.bidwell@okstate.edu.

This year, the Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society will be holding a joint meeting with the Oklahoma Section of the Society for Range Management. The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30 at the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge in Lawton, Okla., and Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area south of Frederick, Okla. The first day of the meeting will be held at the refuge. The morning session will consist of presentations on range and wildlife topics from professionals and college students. After lunch, the staff of the refuge will conduct a tour of the area and discuss current projects and management practices. Day two will be held on the Hackberry Flats Wildlife Management Area. Topics will focus on waterfowl and wetland management. For more information about this meeting or the others, feel free to contact me at 580.223.5810 or at sgsmith@noble.org.

If you are interested in learning more about wildlife management, these educational events are a great start. See you there!