Texas A&M University-Kingsville Wildlife Education and Sustainability Training (WEST) Hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville
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Wildlife Education and Sustainability Training (WEST) Hosted by Texas A&M-Kingsville

Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Female student identifying plants.

Victoria Vera-Pena keying plants after collection workshop.

In late October, Texas A&M University-Kingsville hosted the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) Grant Project, the Wildlife Education and Sustainability Training (WEST) program.

The goal of this grant project is to improve the training of future and current agricultural science teachers in wildlife and ecology. This is achieved through a four-day hands on workshop that focuses on teaching methods and wildlife technical skills. This grant is a partnership between Texas A&M University-Kingsville and the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Refuge.

Attendees included 18 undergraduate agriculture science students from A&M-Kingsville and Sam Houston State University, and seven current agriculture science teachers from across the state of Texas, all working together to improve their wildlife knowledge and teaching skills. Dr. Bart Ballard, Professor, and C. Berdon and Rolanette Lawrence Endowed Chair in Waterfowl Research, in the department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences and A&M-Kingsville graduate students Matti Bradshaw and Michela House, provided their expertise while leading lectures and labs at this training.

Activities included wildlife and ecology lectures, night time deer surveying, aquatic invertebrate labs, plant collection and identification labs, animal track, skull and scat labs and certification in the nationally recognized Project WILD curriculum. Participants were also able to make their own tracks, plant collections and received numerous curriculum materials to use in their future teaching.

This is the second semester of this three-year project with multiple workshops scheduled for every year. 


Category: Ag/Env & Wildlife Sci, General Univ

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