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You may think television has the crime scene investigation landscape covered with programs set in New York, Las Vegas, Miami and anywhere the U.S. Navy operates. It has, however, missed a location where a lot of laws are broken: the nation's hunting and recreational fishing areas.

Teaching current and future wildlife law enforcem...


MSU white-tailed deer research receives national recognition

Though nearly annihilated in the Southeast during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, white-tailed deer populations have rebounded thanks to highly successful recovery programs.

A Mississippi State research report examining genetic effects of the recovery programs is earning the top publication award of the Wildlife Society, an in...


U.S. education groups tap Jeanne Jones of MSU for highest honor

A 20-year wildlife and fisheries teaching and research veteran at Mississippi State is being recognized by two nationally prominent education-support organizations.

Associate professor Jeanne C. Jones is receiving the 2004 Mississippi CASE Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the...


MSU student wildlife researcher receives top international honor

A pioneering genetic study of male deer reproductive success is earning a first-place international honor for a recent doctoral graduate of Mississippi State.

Randall W. "Randy” DeYoung of Kingsville, Texas, a May graduate of the university's department of wildlife and fisheries, recently was honored for a research report he presented...


Waterfowl workshop promotes youth hunting ethics, skills

A half-day program Nov. 13 at the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge near Starkville will introduce young people ages 12-18 to the sport and ethics of hunting waterfowl.

The Noxubee Youth Waterfowl Workshop is an annual collaboration among Mississippi State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Society, and a number of cor...


Research targets restoring quail species

Declining populations of quail led Mississippi State University researchers to a grant to study the effectiveness of programs that restore habitat for this traditionally popular game bird.

Wildlife researchers hope to turn around the Northern bobwhite quail's population decline by recreating elements of historic land conditions. The po...


MSU research: dwindling waste rice will affect wintering waterfowl

Rice lands, once thought to be a plentiful feast for ducks in the Mississippi Delta region, may not provide the banquet predicted.

A recent four-year study by Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center indicates the carrying capacity of rice lands for wintering waterfowl actually is about 80 percent less than that estimate...


Rainy weather drives beavers to timberlands

Torrential rains during June caused beavers to move from their normal habitats to seek new food and building materials, and Mississippi State researchers advise checking timberlands for damage now that rains have subsided.

Scientists at MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center note that because of their aquatic nature, flat-tailed, sh...


MSU researcher offers Golden Triangle duck food for thought

Where are the ducks?

That's the question Rick Kaminski of Mississippi State hears constantly from duck hunting enthusiasts throughout the Golden Triangle area and beyond. The waterfowl ecologist, a university faculty member since 1983, also listens as many speculate how folks up North intentionally are feeding the game birds to keep...


New MSU course is forensics files of wildlife investigation

When 15 students in a brand-new Mississippi State University academic course shoulder their backpacks and head to class, textbooks aren't their major concern.

In addition to their normal note-taking tools, they're packing fingerprint powder, evidence markers and cotton swabs.

The students are a new breed of forensic scienti...


MSU scientists exploring disappearing bluebill duck populations

Scientists at Mississippi State are among those who want to know why populations of lesser scaup—or, as they're commonly known, bluebills—continued to decline while most species of North American waterfowl experienced dramatic increases during the 1990s.

Recent joint studies by faculty in the university's Forest and Wildlife Research ...


James Miller of MSU receives major regional conservation award

A regional professional organization is recognizing a Mississippi State faculty member's contributions and service to wildlife resource conservation.

Extension/outreach research professor James E. Miller recently was honored with the 2003 Clarence W. Watson Award at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Banquet in...


MSU student research presentation receives major recognition

A wildlife study of an endangered waterfowl species in her native Puerto Rico is earning a Mississippi State graduate student recognition from an international organization.

Marisel Lopez-Flores, a master's degree student in wildlife and fisheries under the direction of Francisco J. Vilella, is being honored by the Neotropical Ornithol...


MSU research untangles pine forest to provide wildlife habitat

Scientists in Mississippi State's Forest and Wildlife Research Center have found a new way to replicate certain features of pre-colonial forests and untangle the pine forests of today. Their goal: to benefit both 21st century forests and the wildlife species inhabiting them.

"Fire was a natural and essential process in Southern pine fo...


Collaboration launches new bobwhite quail conservation initiative

An agreement signed today [Aug. 7] is establishing a major regional bobwhite quail conservation initiative to be directed by Mississippi State University with oversight by the USDA's Wildlife Habitat Management Institute.

The agreement enables wildlife researchers at the university to coordinate conservation efforts with more than 20 ...


MSU professor co-authors bass handling handbook

A Mississippi State professor is the co-author of a detailed new guidebook for fishing tournament organizers and the anglers who compete in the wildly successful aquatic challenges.

Hal Schramm of the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center has collaborated with Gene Gilliland of the Oklahoma Fishery Research Laboratory to pr...


MSU deer pens to be dedicated to former university employee

The Captive Deer Complex at Mississippi State will be renamed Saturday [June 14] for Rusty Dawkins, its longtime head who died last year.

Dawkins, a 40-year-old Starkville resident and Noxubee County native, had served for 15 years as coordinator of the 11-acre animal care facility established nearly 30 years ago by the university...


MSU researchers seek to restore disappearing walleye populations

The Gulf Coast strain of walleye is a freshwater fish renowned for sweet, fine-textured meat. Native to the Deep South and once abundant throughout most of Mississippi, it now has virtually disappeared.

A two-year research project under way in Mississippi State University's Forest and Wildlife Research Center is seeking to reverse that...


International aquaculture society recognizes MSU professor

A veteran Mississippi State aquaculture scientist is receiving a major honor from an international professional society.

Louis R. D'Abramo, professor in the wildlife and fisheries department, recently was honored by the World Aquaculture Society, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Baton rouge, La. He was presented...


MSU student wildlife research receives top regional honor

A study of state-mandated deer conservation strategies is earning a first-place regional honor for a Mississippi State University graduate student.

Bronson K. Strickland of Athens, Ga., a doctoral student in the department of wildlife and fisheries, recently was honored with the top prize for a research report presented at the 2003 So...


MSU evaluating current best management waterfowl practices

For Mississippi farmers whose lands provide waterfowl hunting sites once the crops are harvested, hunting leases can be a lucrative additional income.

Mississippi State wildlife scientists are finding, however, that waste rice available to waterfowl in the Mississippi Delta—where duck and geese hunting generates nearly $30 million annu...


Minimizing human-wildlife conflicts is goal of new MSU effort

From corn crops destroyed by raccoons to deer vs. automobile accidents, human encounters with wildlife can range from annoying to downright dangerous.

To help minimize such conflicts, a new research and education effort at Mississippi State will work to identify and develop innovative solutions that allow humans and wildlife to coexist...


New MSU survey exploring hunter attitudes

Mississippi hunters are about to be asked their opinions of the state's wildlife management laws and the overall satisfaction they have with hunting experiences in the Magnolia State.

Some 11,000 licensed hunters will be contacted by mail this week regarding their views and experiences as part of the 2002 Survey of Mississippi Resident ...


MSU project examines wildlife buffers around Delta fields

A Mississippi State study is examining the benefits to wildlife of a popular conservation practice designed to prevent soil and pesticide runoff from cultivated fields.

The new investigation of conservation buffers by the Forest and Wildlife Research Center expands the scope of research already under way by other scientists at the unive...


New MSU wildlife study offers hope for duckling survival rates

In the animated motion picture "Muppet Movie,” Kermit laments in a well-known tune, "It Ain't Easy Being Green.”

Mississippi State researchers are finding that the fictional frog's problem is shared by a real-life wetland inhabitant whose distinctive green crown and multi-colored breeding plumage cause many to regard it as the c...


To study timber harvesting, MSU researchers reach for the bats

Radio transmitters attached to nocturnal, reclusive bats may provide data that can help the national timber industry better plan harvesting practices.

In a three-year study begun recently at Mississippi State, bats--the only mammals that fly--are helping university researchers gauge the environmental health of a commercially mana...


MSU research helping protect real gorillas in the mist

Mississippi State scientists with expertise in sophisticated electronic tracking systems are part of an ongoing international effort to protect the few remaining great apes of Africa.

A university team at the Forest and Wildlife Research Center is using equipment that can generate information based on geographic location to determine whe...


MSU professor puts teaching to practice with backyard wetland

Eric Dibble's backyard doesn't include an expanse of Bermuda grass, a sprinkler system and manicured hedges.

Instead, the Mississippi State University associate professor of wildlife and fisheries has returned his 80-acre "backyard" in western Oktibbeha County to the way it was before becoming pasture land in the 1920s. Ducks and other...


Latest MSU student team participates in sea-worthy research

Eight Mississippi State students recently traded classrooms and campus residence halls for the decks and bunks of a research ship sailing the Gulf of Mexico.

The wildlife and fisheries majors were part of a weeklong collaborative project between the university and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Aboard the National Oceanic and A...


MSU wildlife student group leads all others in the Southeast

The Wildlife Society student chapter at Mississippi State is first among its peers in the region.

The 85-member group recently received a $1,000 check and a plaque for scoring ahead of 20 other campus chapters in competition at the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies meeting. The 2001 gathering was held in Louisville...


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