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Middle and High School Students Learn About Careers in Wildlife
Midwest Region, October 30, 2019
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Middle and high school students crowded around the USFWS display at a MiCareerQuest career exploration event on October 30 at Saginaw Valley State University.
Middle and high school students crowded around the USFWS display at a MiCareerQuest career exploration event on October 30 at Saginaw Valley State University. - Photo Credit: Lionel Grant, USFWS

At the October 30 MiCareerQuest career exploration event at Saginaw Valley State University, Fish and Wildlife Biologists from the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office and the Detroit River and Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuges met thousands of mid-Michigan middle and high school students. Students learned about the diversity of career paths available in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from biologists and refuge rangers to graphic designers and fire fighters. Several students were surprised to find out that there are many more jobs in wildlife beyond issuing fishing and hunting licenses. They played a game spinning the “career wheel” to win prizes and asked FWS staff about strategies to work at FWS.

 

Students also explored biology concepts. They played a game exploring bird foraging strategies by using a tools and utensils to mimic various beak shapes and extract seeds from soil, bark, and leaves. Others tried out binoculars to guess how many birds were in a photo of a large flock of birds (1,947 birds, if you count). Just in time for Halloween, some students tested their knowledge about bats, playing a bat “Fact or Myth” game. A preserved lake sturgeon introduced many students to this imperiled fish, with many exclaiming that it looked like it should be extinct or in disbelief that such a prehistoric-looking fish lives in Michigan waters today. By far, the biggest hit was an inflatable archery game, with students lining up all day long to learn from refuge staff how to properly hold and shoot a bow and sponge-tipped arrow.


Contact Info: Carly Eakin, 517-351-5293, carly_eakin@fws.gov
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