Student conducts a prescribed burn which is an important forest management tool.
Students are stream sampling for fauna in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas.
Students are inspecting a bear DNA sample site at Tensas RNWR.
Students learn about beaver biology, control, habits (clogging dams).
John Dickson at Tensas RNWR teaches students about neotropical migratory birds.
Students with a LA black bear carcas which they will deflesh and reconstruct the skeleton.
Students learn about Boonet Crockett antler scoring.
Assessing deer health.



The wildlife profession is a broad and exciting field that spans and incorporates biological, physical, ecological, and managerial sciences.  Being a wildlife biologist or wildlife manager working in the area of wildlife habitat management requires a deep commitment to understanding and appreciating state, regional, national, and global wildlife and forest resources.  Wildlife habitat managers skillfully manage both forest and wildlife resources to meet the wants and needs for future generations.  Although many wildlife biologists are interested in hunting and fishing, participation in the profession requires a deeper understanding of ecological principles and heightened appreciation of all environmental factors influencing wildlife habitats. Today's wildlife manager faces issues as varied as wetland habitat delineation, endangered species conservation, economics of land-leasing, habitat management for biological diversity, and the ethics of consumptive wildlife use.


The Wildlife Habitat Management concentration generally attracts those wanting a career working with wildlife in the forest products industry, federal or state agencies, consulting, or private conservation organizations.  Employment in the wildlife field is competitive. Students with graduate degrees and practical work experience have increased opportunities for employment. A Master of Science degree (MS) requires approximately one and one-half to two years of additional study, generally involving specialization with a particular species of wildlife.  With the proper planning and a willingness to take additional courses, you can qualify for certification as an Associate Wildlife Biologist with the Wildlife Society, the professional organization.  After the appropriate work experience, certification as a Wildlife Biologist is possible and opens up additional employment opportunities.

Coursework in the Wildlife Habitat Management concentration includes biological and ecological sciences, quantitative and managerial sciences, and general education requirements.  Practical, hands-on field experience is emphasized along with a knowledge base from the classroom.



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