Wildlife Management Institute

Competitive State Wildlife Grant Awarded for Eastern Hellbender Research
Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:38

image of Eastern Hellbender, Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Flickr

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently awarded a Competitive State Wildlife Grant (C-SWG) to the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) to conduct research on the eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus a. alleganiensis). This grant supports a critical need to identify and resolve conservation threats for this and many other species dwelling in high-quality watersheds throughout the Southeast.

Animations Teach Kids About Bats That Need Their Help
Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:24

image of Save Lucy Campaign logo

White-nose syndrome (WNS) is a disease affecting hibernating bats in at least 29 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Despite extensive press coverage of the disease and devastation to bats caused by WNS, bats are still widely perceived by the public to be dangerous. To help change the negative perceptions and shed light on the benefits bats provide to ecosystem health, the Save Lucy Campaign was developed to provide information and educational resources targeted at youth.

Conservation Briefs
Thursday, 16 June 2016 09:55

Conservation Briefs is a compilation of short news stories of interest to Outdoor News Bulletin readers. The stories cover a number of issues that have developed in the past month or provide updates on issues that were featured in previous ONB editions. Each story includes links to online resources for more details on each topic.

This Month:

WMI Landscapes: Northeast Lake and Pond Habitat Guide Completes the Northeastern Aquatic Habitat Classification
Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:31

image of Northeast Lake and Pond Habitat Guide CoverA recent update to the 2008 Northeastern Aquatic Habitat Classification (NAHCS) will help users study the variation in the ecological character of lakes and ponds in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The recently completed Northeast Lake and Pond Habitat Guide, developed with support from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, is intended to address some limitations and provide updated GIS data to the NAHCS.

USDA Agencies Not Monitoring Conservation Compliance
Thursday, 16 June 2016 10:19

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) that oversees the United States Department of Agriculture’s activities recently issued a report that found the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) were not adequately monitoring conservation compliance as required in all farm bills since 1985, according to the Wildlife Management Institute.

CRU Corner: Tennessee Unit Evaluates the Need for Muskellunge Stocking Program
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 09:49

image of USGS Cooperative Research Units logoimage of Muskellunge, Photo Credit: Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit

Biologists in North America have been studying the effectiveness of fish stocking programs ever since fish were artificially spawned, reared, and stocked in the late 1800s. Questions routinely posed with any stocking program include, “Do the small fish I stock survive to adulthood?” and “Do I really need to stock or can the population sustain itself on its own?”  To address these questions, the USGS Tennessee Cooperative Fishery Research Unit staff and students at Tennessee Tech University recently collaborated with Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) biologists on an assessment of a fingerling muskellunge stocking program in middle Tennessee.