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D'Abramo selected to head MSU graduate school

A veteran faculty member, aquaculture researcher and chairman of Mississippi State's distinguished professor group is the university's new graduate school dean.

Louis R. "Lou" D'Abramo also will serve as associate vice president for academic affairs at the land-grant institution. A wildlife and fisheries professor, he has held the rank...

9/5/2008

Soil quality impacts size of deer antlers

Mississippi State University researchers are investigating the connection between soil fertility and antler size as deer hunters prepare for their annual quest for the elusive trophy buck.

As fall approaches, masses of hunters begin to dust off bows, construct tree stands and sight in rifles. Deer season opens Oct. 15 for most of the ...

9/5/2008

MSU focuses on the lost art of grabbling

Mississippi State University is preparing for a research project to understand what motivates fishing enthusiasts to risk personal injury reaching into a dark, underwater hole to grab a fish instead of using the traditional hook-and-line method.

Grabbling, or noodling, is a form of angling often referred to as a lost art. The tradition...

8/14/2008

MSU names a new fisheries specialist

A new wildlife and fisheries specialist is available to assist Mississippians with pond management issues on their property.

Wes Neal assumed responsibilities with Mississippi State University's Extension Service on July 1.

"We are pleased to have such a talented fisheries specialist on board after a three-year absence of a s...

7/31/2008

MSU workshop teaches teachers about butterflies

Teachers have a unique opportunity in June to join a group of experts from around the world to study butterflies and moths.

The Lepidopterist Society is holding its 59th annual meeting at Mississippi State University June 23-27. Members from around the world will attend this meeting, and others are gathering for the annual meeting of t...

5/13/2008

Anglers, Tourists Seek Mississippi's "Arc"

Mississippi's "Arc of Slabs" is a prime destination for families or individuals seeking a day of good fishing or a whole vacation on the water.

The Arc of Slabs, a term recently coined by In-Fisherman magazine, refers to the four U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood-control reservoirs along the Interstate 55 corridor in north Mi...

5/1/2008

Camps offer all ages outdoor experiences

Mississippi State University is offering different kinds of family vacations this summer.

Four educational summer camps that appeal to families who enjoy the outdoors will be offered: two are based at the MSU campus in Starkville and one will be in north Mississippi at Crow’s Neck Environmental Center in Tishomingo County. The location...

4/4/2008

Natural Resources workshop focuses on outdoor businesses

Fee fishing, fee hunting, agritourism, trail riding and wildlife watching are examples of outdoor recreational businesses based on natural resources commonly found on Mississippi private lands.

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide attendees with the resources to start and manage a natural resour...

3/27/2008

Landowners find value in their own backyards

Some housing prices are sagging, but Mississippi landowners may need to look no further than their backyards to find hidden property value, according to a recent Mississippi State University study.

The study found that properties throughout the state with outdoor recreational opportunities increased in value, particularly in the Missis...

2/8/2008

MSU graduate student tracking the crow of the sea

Nearly 1,500 miles from Mississippi State, student researcher Jennifer Chastant eases her way through nests of double-crested cormorants on a Canadian lake.

After picking out the largest bird, she proceeds to measure, band and record information about the voracious predator, which, in this case, sports a 52-inch wing span. Her work on...

1/31/2008

MSU faculty member, student take top regional honors

A Mississippi State faculty member and a doctoral student at the university are being recognized for respective achievements by the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.

In recent SEAFWA competition, College of Forest Resources associate professor Jeanne Jones was cited for the best wildlife research report that she ...

12/10/2007

Outdoor magazine honors MSU professors, alumnus

Two Mississippi State University professors and an MSU alumnus are included in Outdoor Life 25, a group of leaders, innovators, conservationists and unsung heroes who have made major contributions to hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports.

Richard M. Kaminski, Marty Brunson and James Earl Kennamer are among the 25 selected by reader...

12/6/2007

MSU profs, grad student honored for research at regional meeting

Two faculty members and a doctoral student in Mississippi State University's College of Forest Resources are top winners in a recent regional research competition.

Wildlife and fisheries assistant professor Bronson Strickland and professor Steve Demarais received the Best Peer-Reviewed Publication and Best Technical Publication awards ...

12/3/2007

MSU research helps bass make big economic splash

Research by scientists at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is reaping benefits for Nature's Catch, the largest pond-based producer of hybrid striped bass in the United States.

For more than 11 years, MSU researchers Lou D'Abramo and Terry Hanson have worked with managers of the Clarksdale-based aquaculture ...

11/15/2007

MSU waterfowl, wetland ecologist named international fellow

Richard M. Kaminski of Mississippi State is a new Fellow of The Wildlife Society.

A professor at the university's Forest and Wildlife Research Center, he is being honored by the Bethesda, Md.-based organization for "distinguished and exceptional service" to the profession.

"Dr. Kaminski is known internationally for his rese...

10/9/2007

Donald Jackson of MSU honored for gulf fisheries research

An internationally recognized Mississippi State fisheries biologist is receiving a major honor for his post-Katrina work from a national professional society.

Donald C. Jackson, a 21-year teaching and research veteran of the university, was presented with the American Fisheries Society's 2007 Distinguished Service Award at the organiz...

9/26/2007

Landowner workshop explores income options

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide the tools to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

The Sept. 18 event will begin at 8 a.m. It will be held on privately owned property south of Brandon, just off of Highway 18 in Rankin County.

Workshop participants will hear presenta...

8/30/2007

MSU administrator to head leading wildlife society

A nationally recognized administrator in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources is on track to become president of The Wildlife Society.

Bruce Leopold, head of the university's wildlife and fisheries department, recently was elected as TWS vice president. In 2009, he moves to the top administrative office of the 10,000-membe...

8/13/2007

Demonstrations will show dove field management

Knowledge of how to plant and manage a legal dove field in Mississippi can put hunters ahead of the game as mourning dove season approaches.

Two Dove Field Demonstrations and Wildlife Field Days will be held in August. The first will be at Mississippi State University's Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Experiment Station on Aug. 11 and the sec...

7/26/2007

Studying bugs can help students learn

Entomologists and wildlife and fisheries faculty at Mississippi State University think you can learn a lot from insects, so they are interested in developing a curriculum for K-12 education that uses the creepy-crawlies to teach a variety of subjects.

For about 15 years, Mississippi State University's Department of Entomology and Plant...

7/19/2007

Mississippi wadeable streams ignored too long

Mississippi streams do not offer the fly-fishing opportunities found in the West, but the state's wadeable streams provide good sport fishing of spotted and largemouth bass, longear sunfish and bluegill sunfish.

These streams are not the sport fishermen magnets that streams are in the highland region of the United States, so many wadea...

6/25/2007

MSU scientists study wild hog management

Feral hogs have perhaps the worst reputation of any wild game animal in the nation, and Mississippi State University researchers hope to gain the upper hand by studying their habitat and populations.

While hunters enjoy pursuing these elusive and dangerous animals, most landowners view wild hogs as nuisances because of their extremel...

5/17/2007

Wildlife, fisheries camp offers fun for all ages

Camping often brings people closer to nature, but Mississippi State University is also offering the opportunity to learn about wildlife, fisheries and the great outdoors to parents, teachers and children as young as 10.

Two camps will be offered this summer: June 3-7 and July 8-12. The cost for each camp is $225 per person and includes...

5/4/2007

Lou D'Abramo of MSU honored for shellfish industry contributions

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

Louis R. D'Abramo was presented with a meritorious award recognizing outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the National Shellfisheries Association, which recently held its annual meeting in San Antonio, Texa...

3/21/2007

MSU graduate students sweep research competitions

Four wildlife and fisheries science graduate students in Mississippi State's College of Forest Resources are top winners in recent regional research competitions.

Heather J. Theel of Aurora, Ill., Nathaniel C. "Nate" Hodgins of Sioux City, Iowa, and Amy B. Spencer of Columbus, Ohio, were among seven competing at the annual meeting and ...

2/26/2007

Survey reveals nature of Mississippi hunters

It is a cold January morning, the sun is just breaking through the trees, birds are chirping, and Marvell Howard sits in his favorite tree stand; about 500 yards away, his teenage son occupies his own tree stand.

Both father and son hope to get a shot at elusive white-tailed deer near their Oktibbeha County home.

Howard's ...

2/15/2007

Learn how to manage a natural resource business

A one-day workshop for farmers, landowners and resource managers will provide the tools to start and manage a natural resource enterprise.

The March 20 event will begin at 8 a.m. at Cato Baptist Church in southern Rankin County. Following lunch, the afternoon session will be located on and hosted by Springwater Ranch, which is 15 min...

2/8/2007

Institute helps solve human-wildlife conflicts

Flying low across the water, looking for a good meal, the black-crowned night heron quickly caught the attention of Mississippi catfish producers.

Farmers first noticed the 22- to 28-inch, stocky-bodied bird in the spring of 2004. With its black cap, gray wings and red eyes, the bird concerned producers because it appeared to prefer f...

2/8/2007

Nature training attracts group leaders, teachers

Teachers, 4-H agents, volunteers and other group leaders are among those who are invited to take part in a two-day facilitator training for people interested in conservation activities.

Mississippi State University's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is sponsoring the Leopold Education Project training Feb. 8-9 at the Noxubee Nation...

1/11/2007

MSU faculty artist offers work to support conservation group

A new painting by Mississippi State associate professor Jeanne Jones is being used to benefit Bear Education and Restoration Mississippi.

The artist's limited-edition signed and numbered prints of a mother bear with two cubs are being offered for sale to aid the Rolling Fork-based non-profit organization.

Founded in 2004, BE...

12/6/2006

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