Field Course: Wildlife and Forestry Field Techniques

Southeastern Section of The Wildlife Society
Newton, Georgia
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The Southeast and Northeast Sections of The Wildlife Society, in collaboration with Castleton University, will be hosting a 2-week field course on Wildlife and Forestry Field Techniques. The course will be taught June 12 – 25, 2023 and hosted by the Jones Center at Ichauway ( in Newton, Georgia. The Jones Center is a 29,000-acre working forest managed for longleaf pine, northern bobwhite, and numerous plant and animal species native to the southern United States. The purpose of this course is to offer a field experience that covers numerous topics, including hands-on learning in capture, handling, and tracking wildlife (e.g., birds, small mammals, bats, meso-mammals, amphibians, reptiles), species identification, and assessing wildlife-habitat relationships. Additionally, we plan to offer exposure to firearms, equipment operation, plant ID, and prescribed fire. All are important skills for any wildlife biologist, manager, or natural resource specialist.
The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any college or university, or recent (< 3 years) graduates who have already completed a degree and are looking to gain field skills. Students should be majoring in a natural resource program and have completed at least 8 credit hours of their core curriculum (e.g., natural resources, biology, wildlife, ecology, forestry). This course will be filled on a first-come first-served basis up to a maximum of 20 students. The cost is $1,200 and will include instruction, food, housing, material and equipment, on-site transportation, and 3 hours of college credit that may qualify as elective credits in a student’s program of study. Several State Chapters of The Wildlife Society offer partial or full scholarships to eligible students; please contact your local chapter officers for funding opportunities. For more information on the field course, including a full list of planned course topics, and how to apply, please contact Dr. Daniel Greene (Southeastern Section: or Dr. John McDonald (Northeast Section:
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