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MSU waterfowl program receives national award

Mississippi State University’s waterfowl and wetlands science program was recently honored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan, a program of the service’s Division of Bird Habitat Conservation, gave the Blue-winged Teal Award to MSU’s program because of its significant c...


Landowners add value with nature activities

Mississippi State University's Natural Resources Enterprise Program can help the state's landowners diversify their income by capitalizing on the popularity of wildlife watching and nature photography.

"Mississippi landowners with scenic views, butterfly gardens, wildlife viewing areas, or important or rare bird species can market...


MSU forage research reveals native benefits

Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best.

Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mi...


MSU fisheries professor gets conservation award

The Mississippi chapter of the American Fisheries Society recently honored a Mississippi State University professor with a conservation award.

Donald Jackson, a professor in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, received the C.A. Schultz Conservation award at the chapter's annual meeting February 22 in McComb.



Panola County cattle farm practices good conservation

A Panola County cattleman is using native grasses in a 200-acre intensive grazing operation that is both efficient and environmentally friendly.

Durwood Gordon owns Gordon Farms, a pasture and cattle farm near Batesville. He is experiencing the kind of success that is the goal of the Research and Education to Advance Conservation and H...


MSU graduate student honored for duck study

A Mississippi State University graduate student in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture recently took second place in a competition at an international symposium.

Kira Newcomb won for the delivery of an oral presentation on black duck winter survival and habitat use at the sixth North American Duck Symposium and Worksh...


MSU professor honored for wildlife conservation

A Mississippi State University professor has been named Wildlife Conservationist of the Year by the Mississippi Wildlife Federation.

Steve Demarais, professor of wildlife ecology and management in MSU's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, received the honor at the federations Feb. 16 meeting.

Demarais is the Dale H. Arner Pr...


Wildlife Society recognizes professor's diversity efforts

An international wildlife organization has recognized a Mississippi State University department head for promoting gender and ethnic diversity in natural resource professions.

The Wildlife Society awarded Bruce Leopold the prestigious Diversity Award at the recent annual meeting in Portland, Ore. The professor is head of MSU's Departme...


MSU fisheries students receive regional award

Wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture students at Mississippi State University recently received top honors from the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society.

Members of MSU's student organization affiliated with the American Fisheries Society received the 2012 Outstanding Subunit Award during the society's regional meeting he...


MSU expert is named fellow in world society

An aquaculture researcher at Mississippi State University has been named a Fellow of the World Aquaculture Society for his contributions to the advancement of global aquaculture.

Aquaculture specialist Lou D'Abramo—who serves as dean of MSU's Office of the Graduate School, associate vice president for Academic Affairs, and Giles ...


MSU scientists study ducks in the Delta

Results from a Mississippi State University study of mallard ducks in the state's south Delta revealed information that could help shape conservation and habitat management programs.

For several years, Brian Davis, assistant professor in MSU's Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in MSU's Forest and Wildlife...


Waterfowl scientists flock to Memphis

Mississippi State University is hosting about 500 waterfowl biologists and wetland scientists for the North American Duck Symposium and Workshop in Memphis.

The event runs Jan. 27 to 31 at the Peabody Hotel, home of the world-famous mallard ducks.

"This symposium will identify the most important topics for waterfowl rese...


Two March workshops teach gamebird management

Upcoming Mississippi State University workshops can help landowners or managers interested in attracting gamebirds learn how to encourage quail and turkey populations on their land.

The Gamebird Workshop: Managing Quail and Turkey in Mississippi is offered through the MSU Extension Service, MSU College of Forest Resources and the Missi...


Native grasses improving a Prentiss County farm

Ronnie Crawford's 300-acre pasture and forage operation in Prentiss County is the kind of conservation success a Mississippi State University initiative is trying to encourage across the state.

Crawford is part of MSU's Research and Education to Advance Conservation and Habitat, or REACH, initiative. This effort is spearheaded by Robbi...


Seven counties host Feb. 9 squirrel hunts

Wildlife groups are sponsoring squirrel hunts for youths in seven counties across Mississippi on Feb. 9 to promote lifetimes of safe and responsible hunting.

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service is partnering with the Mississippi Wildlife Federation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Department of Agricult...


Use good judgment when feeding wildlife

Warm-hearted Mississippians often turn their attention to their furry and feathered neighbors when temperatures get cold, putting out feeders to care for them over the winter.

Birds are the most commonly fed wildlife, and stores stock a variety of feeders, seed mixes and houses for them.

Leslie Burger, an Extension conservat...


Stay safe when hunting this holiday season

For many Mississippi families, the holidays are about hunting and eating home-cooked meals, and safety should be as high a priority as sweet potato pie.

"No one wants to spend their holidays in the hospital or at home recovering from an injury, so hunters need to practice common-sense safety precautions," said Bronson Strickl...


Farmers face loss of beneficial bats

Bats, an organic method of pest control, may become rare in the United States and Canada.

The primary predators of night-flying insects, bats reduce the need for chemical pesticides and save the agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year in pest-control costs. But bat populations across the Eastern United States are decreasi...


Workshop educates on managing wild hogs

Sixty-five people will have the opportunity Dec. 4 to learn ways to manage wild hogs that have become a serious problem for landowners.

The Wild Pig Management Workshop will be held in Raymond at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center. The program is provided by the MSU Extension Service,...


Hunters: Avoid tagged deer near Lowndes County

When hunters in Lowndes and surrounding counties see deer with colored ear tags this fall, researchers at Mississippi State University hope they will allow the research subjects to roam.

Scientists at MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center are studying antler size and growth rates for 77 tagged whitetail bucks in the wild. Res...


MSU research reels in success for fisheries

Mississippi has some of the best fisheries in the nation, and Mississippi State University researchers are working to keep the threatened species in them from disappearing.

Peter Allen, assistant professor of aquatic sciences, conducts research on the fisheries that provide food and fun for Mississippians. He works at MSU’s South...


Ponds give Mississippians more than entertainment

Mississippi’s 160,237 ponds offer more than mere recreation—they benefit the state’s economy and environment.

Most people envision ponds as small bodies of water that offer a peaceful view and recreational fishing opportunities, said Glynda Clardy, state wildlife biologist at U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural R...


MSU student named marine policy fellow

A Mississippi State University doctoral candidate has been selected for a prestigious national fellowship focused on federal marine policies.

Clifford P. Hutt of Starkville is one of 53 scholars selected for the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. He will spend a year in a legislative or executive office in Washington, D.C. to lea...


Agritourism gains popularity in state

Hunting and fishing have always been popular in Mississippi, but landowners are now adding wildlife watching, horseback riding and other agricultural entertainment businesses, such as pumpkin patches and bed and breakfasts, to the mix.

Daryl Jones, an associate Extension professor in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wild...


Fight feral hogs with online info

Wild pigs may be a boon to hunters, but to many of the nation’s landowners, they are a nuisance, an economic and environmental liability, and a disease hazard.

Farmers and landowners can arm themselves with information from a new website dedicated to providing research-based, useful solutions for feral hogs that damage their crop...


Wildlife habitats easy to achieve in city

City dwellers do not have to move to the country to enjoy colorful birds, butterflies and other wild animals if they build a backyard wildlife habitat.

"The No. 1 reason people consider a backyard wildlife habitat is for the enjoyment they get from watching wildlife," said Ty Jones, Madison County director with Mississippi St...


MSU program seeks demonstration sites

Some skeptics think agricultural production and natural resource conservation are incompatible, but a Mississippi State University scientist is committed to proving them wrong, one farm at a time.

Robbie Kroger, assistant professor of aquatic sciences in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is the co-founder and spoke...


Field day makes ecology lesson fun

Spending the day fishing, searching pond water for insects, and hiking nature trails might not be a traditional middle school field trip, but organizers of the first Youth Fishing Day hope the May 11 event sparked an appreciation for the outdoors in participating sixth graders.

"The urban complex has spread into our rural areas, and ...


BBC team films catfish, toads in a visit to MSU

Catfish and toads drew two British Broadcasting Corporation film crews and host to spend three days with Mississippi State University experts.

The crew was shooting an upcoming BBC documentary called Wonders of Life with host Brian Cox. It will follow Cox’s successful Wonders of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe, viewed by...


Outdoor Channel uses MSU’s BuckScore tool

Mississippi State University’s BuckScore software is now the official scoring system for the Outdoor Channel.

BuckScore is a software package that uses digital images to estimate the age and antler score of white-tailed deer. Developed by scientists in the university’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center and Extension Servi...


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