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The Wildlife Society Students Experience Something Wilder in Southeast Missouri!
Midwest Region, April 14, 2012
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Students observe Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Shauna Marquardt remove a red bat from the mist net.
Students observe Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Shauna Marquardt remove a red bat from the mist net. - Photo Credit: USFWS
Wildlife students get up-close views of bats captured during a demonstration of bat survey techniques.
Wildlife students get up-close views of bats captured during a demonstration of bat survey techniques. - Photo Credit: USFWS

The University of Central Missouri Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society hosted the Midwest Conclave at Mingo National Wildlife Refuge and Duck Creek Conservation Area in southwest Missouri. Over 150 wildlife students from seven states were present for the event and were instructed by many natural resource professionals from around the state. They heard presentations on Mississippi bottomland ecology and management and participated in workshops on ornithology, herpetology, mammalogy and botany. Workshops included hands-on experience with bird banding, survey techniques for herpetofauna, and small mammal trapping. Nighttime field trips included herpetofauna and bat surveys. Shauna Marquardt from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Missouri Ecological Services Office collaborated with Megan Harris, Sarah Bradley, and Lynda Mills from Mark Twain National Forest, and Eric Lemons and Jeremy Jackson, US Army Corps of Engineers, to demonstrate bat capture and handling techniques. Students saw mist net systems used to capture bats and acoustic detectors for collecting ultrasonic bat calls. Each station captured red bats (Lasiurus borealis) and evening bats (Nycticeius humeralis) so students had the opportunity to see live bats in-hand and collection of biometric data.


Contact Info: Shauna Marquardt, 573-234-2132 x174, shauna_marquardt@fws.gov



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