The newest issue of our newsletter is available for download here. Below is an excerpt from the president's message (follow the link for the full message).
In North America, wildlife is considered a public resource, owned by no one. This is one of the two fundamental principles that sets apart wildlife management efforts in the U.S. and Canada from those elsewhere in the world. The other fundamental principle that guides wildlife management here is that wildlife is managed in a way that ensures populations are sustained for future generations. The healthy status of wildlife in North America relative to other countries is widely attributed to adoption of these principles long ago.
The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society is seeking applicants for the 2018 ‘Greater Everglades UndergraduateStudent Memorial Scholarship’ ($2,000) and the 2018 'Courtney Tye Graduate Student Memorial Scholarship' ($3,000).
This 2-day workshop (October 18-19, 2017) will be taught by Brent Sellers and Greg Hendricks, and will include indoor and outdoor classroom exercises in identification and management of native and invasive grasses in Central Florida.
Please join us in recognizing the recipients of this year's FLTWS student scholarships.
The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce that Samantha Baraoidan of the University of Florida is the 2017 recipient of the Courtney A. Tye Memorial Graduate Student Scholarship, and that Alana Boyles of the University of Tampa is the recipient of the 19th annual Greater Everglades Student Memorial Scholarship.
FLTWS members, are you ready to vote in an election completely free of Russian government influence? This is your chance! It is time to elect your board for 2017, and that means a board made up of YOUR peers who represent YOUR interests.
The University of Florida Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society is looking for meat donations for their annual fundraiser, Beast Feast. Beast Feast is a conservation event with a buffet dinner featuring game meat and invasive species, an outdoor-oriented silent auction, raffle, and educational booths. This event funds their chapter, providing them with opportunities to attend conferences, educational trips, and the TWS Southeastern Conclave, a competition where members get to compete with other college chapters in wildlife academics and practical field skills. Beast Feast will be held early February, and officers can travel to pick up any donations prior to the event. All donations are tax deductible and donors will be publicized. If you have any meat or in-kind donations for their event, please contact Vice President Ashley Meade at UFBeastFeast@gmail.com.
The Florida Chapter of The Wildlife Society is seeking applicants for the 2017 ‘Greater Everglades Undergraduate Student Memorial Scholarship’ ($2,000) and the 2017 'Courtney Tye Graduate Student Memorial Scholarship' ($3,000), and the supplemental Graduate Student Recommendation Form.
The FLTWS Executive Board and other FLTWS members developed a Florida Chapter Position Statement on the 2016 bear hunt being considered by the FWC commissioners at their June Commission meeting. Our statement specifically did not address any of the four bear hunting options presented by FWC staff, and did not endorse the staff’s recommendation of Option #2. It did, however, endorse the North American Model and recognized hunting as a legitimate management tool. We expressed support for a limited bear hunt, provided that several issues were adequately addressed. A paraphrase of these provisions follows: