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As nation celebrates independence, MSU students, employees prepare for Middle East deployment with Mississippi Army National Guard

As nation celebrates independence, MSU students, employees prepare for Middle East deployment with Mississippi Army National Guard

A year ago, Keanna Rush was preparing to enroll at Mississippi State University after taking time off from school to go through basic training and join the Mississippi Army National Guard and its 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT). Shortly before the 2017 fall semester began, Rush learned her education would once again be placed on hold as...


These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them

These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them

If the forests of South America are the world's lungs, their rivers and wetlands must be its veins and arteries. This is the most diverse continent when it comes to plant life, and it's thanks in part to the fish swimming through its waterways.

Freshwater fishes consume about 600 neotropical plant species. The largest of fruit-eating fish ...


MSU takes all at Southeastern Deer Study Group competition

MSU takes all at Southeastern Deer Study Group competition

Faculty and students in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources took top honors at the recent 41st annual meeting of the Southeastern Deer Study Group, marking the first time in the conference's four-decade history that one school has swept the competition.

MSU graduate students in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fishe...


MSU research tracks turkey movement, habitat use

MSU research tracks turkey movement, habitat use

Turkey season opens on March 15, and hunters will take to the field in search of the elusive gobbler. Most likely, they will find less of the popular game species than in previous years due to changing landscapes.

For this reason, Mississippi State University scientists and student researchers in the College of Forest Resources, in co...


New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

New MSU study evaluates wetland restoration efforts along Gulf of Mexico

A new Mississippi State research project will study a wetland restoration approach along the Gulf of Mexico, and findings will help improve future environmental restoration efforts.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the organization's Gulf Research Program recently announced that the MSU project is among...


No longer stumped: mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition

No longer stumped: mineral stumps provide white-tailed deer nutrition

It has long been a mystery why white-tailed deer devour the sprouts from recently cut tree stumps. A Mississippi State assistant professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture has figured out why&emdash;and developed a simple, cost-effective management technique to help support white-tailed deer during seasons of poor forage....


MSU professor named St. John Family Endowed Professor

MSU professor named St. John Family Endowed Professor

A longtime Mississippi State faculty member has been named the St. John Family Endowed Professor of Wildlife Management in the College of Forest Resources.

Bronson Strickland, a wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture extension professor, has led a wide-ranging educational program in applied wildlife science since his arrival at MSU in 200...


National Geographic features MSU faculty research

National Geographic features MSU faculty research

Ecological research by faculty members in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Department of Biological Sciences is featured in a recent article by National Geographic.

Titled "How a 3-Ton Mess of Dead Pigs Transformed This Landscape," the article discusses a mass mortality experiment led by Marcus Las...


Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

Wes Burger of MSU honored again for quail science leadership

A much-honored Mississippi State faculty member is receiving yet another recognition for significant contributions to quail science.

Loren W. "Wes" Burger is among three selections for a 2017 National Quail Symposium Award of Excellence, a career tribute from the Tennessee-based National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative and Bobwhite Tec...


Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Alumni couple extends student and faculty support at MSU

Mississippi State University alumni Drew and Kathy St. John of Madison are contributing two new gifts to their alma mater, creating an endowed professorship in the College of Forest Resources and furthering support for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Department of Landscape Architecture.

The St. John Family Endowed Professors...


Conservation camps offer educational fun

Conservation camps offer educational fun

The conclusion of the school year does not mean learning must end, too.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources are offering three summer youth camps in June. These Conservation Camps are designed to engage and excite young people in natural science and nature-based outdoor recreation....


MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

MSU hosts Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

Mississippi State served as the 2017 host recently for the Southeastern Wildlife Conclave, which annually provides college students with valuable hands-on training in wildlife management and conservation.

Activities included a range of team field competitions, quiz bowl, art and photography contests, guest speakers and opportunities fo...


Hal Schramm of MSU named American Fisheries Society Fellow

Hal Schramm of MSU named American Fisheries Society Fellow

A U.S. Geological Survey fisheries research biologist who also teaches at Mississippi State is receiving a major international recognition.

Hal Schramm recently was designated a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society in tribute to his four decades of service. Specifically, he was cited for excellence in leadership, research, mentorin...


MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

Hunters throughout Mississippi hope to find a big buck this Saturday [Nov. 19], the start of deer season. It is well understood by hunters and biologists alike that deer vary in body and antler size across the state. Larger deer are thought to be the descendants of the Northern deer that were released in the state during restoration efforts in t...


White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

White-tailed deer biologist to speak next week at MSU

A renowned white-tailed deer biologist is this year's guest for Mississippi State' 2016 Carlton N. Owen Lecture Series.

David G. Hewitt, the Stuart M. Stedman Chair for White-tailed Deer Research at Texas A&M University, will lead the Monday [Nov.14] program. Open to all, his presentation begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Tully Auditorium of ...


National training academy to be housed at MSU

National training academy to be housed at MSU

A new partnership between Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's APHIS Wildlife Services program has made the university home to a national training academy.

On Friday [Aug. 26], MSU President Mark E. Keenum and USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Deputy Administrator William H. Clay signed a "Resolution f...


Natural resources workshop set for Sept. 29 in Jackson

Natural resources workshop set for Sept. 29 in Jackson

Landowners and hunting clubs eager to earn extra income while improving land management for wildlife are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop.

The Sept. 29 event will take place at the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation in Jackson, located at 6311 Ridgewood Road.

"Landowners and farmers can seek ...


Prehistoric fish discovered in the depths of Bluff Lake

Prehistoric fish discovered in the depths of Bluff Lake

Alligators aren't the only prehistoric creatures lurking in the depths of the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge's waterways.

Mississippi State researchers recently recorded unexpectedly high numbers of paddlefish near the refuge's spillway—a shocking discovery given the size of the waterway and what is currently kn...


Deer antlers may hold health secrets

Deer antlers may hold health secrets

Each spring the woods are littered with antlers as deer shed their old racks to make way for new sets, and these "sheds" may reveal hidden health problems in the bucks that drop them.

To learn more about these lucky finds, many people bring shed antlers to the Mississippi State University Deer Lab, which specializes in deer biology and...


BioBlitz dates set for Jackson, Tupelo

BioBlitz dates set for Jackson, Tupelo

Teachers, students and community members are invited to learn about biological diversity and take part in naturalist activities at BioBlitz events in Jackson and Tupelo.

Participants will partner with biologists to track down and identify as many local trees, plants, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds as possible. Individ...


Landowners can diversify income from natural resources

Landowners can diversify income from natural resources

A May 4 workshop in Lexington, Mississippi, will help landowners, farmers and timber producers branch out and earn extra income from natural resources on their property.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra money," said Daryl Jones, Mississippi State University Extension Service professor and Natural Res...


MSU researcher helps evaluate protected areas system in Costa Rica

MSU researcher helps evaluate protected areas system in Costa Rica

At twenty-six percent, Costa Rica has one of the largest percentages of land designated for ecological protection in the world. This protected areas system is one of the most extensive in Latin America, and is globally considered a management success.

However, the effectiveness of this system for representing Costa Rica's biodiversity a...


Four summer conservation camps offer learning, fun

Four summer conservation camps offer learning, fun

Mississippi State University will host four conservation camps in June to promote interest in careers and activities in the outdoors.

The camps are offered by the MSU Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources' Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Conservation Camp: Natural Sciences Edition will b...


Deer app shares MSU expertise with hunters

Deer app shares MSU expertise with hunters

Hunters can go into the woods armed with the knowledge of Mississippi State University deer experts, thanks to a newly updated MSU phone app called "Deer Hunt."

Developed by the MSU Deer Lab and MSU Extension Service, Deer Hunt enables hunters and wildlife managers to use mobile technology to easily collect critical deer observation infor...


MSU research facility changes to meet needs

MSU research facility changes to meet needs

Mississippi State University's Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station is completing a transformation from the state's premier dairy research facility to a site that focuses on land management.

"When dairies began to close in the early 2000s as a result of the economic landscape, we took a look at what clients in the area could benefit...


MSU scientists boost recreational fishing industry

MSU scientists boost recreational fishing industry

Nature offers a narrow and unpredictable window for breeding fish, and Mississippi State University scientists are studying ways to help hatcheries stock the state's lakes.

What if conditions could be controlled within hatcheries so the intense seasonal workload could be dispersed over time? This ability would be especially beneficia...


Invasive Asian carp pose double threat

Invasive Asian carp pose double threat

Many Mississippians are aware of the damage wild hogs do to the land in the region, but they may not know the Mississippi River and surrounding waters are facing a serious threat from another invasive species—the Asian carp.

"The ecological and economic impacts of the Asian carp invasion are vast," said Bruce Leopold, former exec...


Deer management workshops planned for August

Deer management workshops planned for August

Mississippi State University is offering two deer management workshops in August to hunters and professionals working with white-tailed deer populations.

The first workshop will be held at the Mississippi Natural Science Museum in Jackson on Aug. 15. The second workshop will be held at Thompson Hall on the MSU campus in Starkville on A...


Natural resources workshop set for June 4 in Greenville

Natural resources workshop set for June 4 in Greenville

Landowners and hunting clubs eager to earn extra income while improving land management for wildlife are invited to attend a Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop on June 4 in Greenville.

"Landowners and farmers can seek new and innovative ways to earn extra money," said Daryl Jones, director of the Natural Resource Enterprise...


MSU evaluates migratory bird habitat initiative

MSU evaluates migratory bird habitat initiative

Preliminary results of a Mississippi State University wildlife study show that a federal program to protect birds after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has had widespread ecological, environmental, and economic benefits in the Southeast.

Researchers in the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center released a study evaluating the Migrat...


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