The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society team took top honors in the wildlife quiz bowl competition at the Midwest Student Conclave in Twin Lakes, Mich.
The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society team took top honors in the wildlife quiz bowl competition at the Midwest Student Conclave in Twin Lakes, Mich. This is the first time University of Minnesota Crookston students attended the conclave and competed in the quiz bowl.
Members of the team were natural resources majors Senior Jennifer DuBay, Apple Valley, Minn.; Junior Michael McMahon, St. Paul, Minn.; Sophomore Alisha Mosloff, Thief River Falls, Minn.; and Senior Matt Toenies, Randall, Minn.
“We totally rocked!” said senior wildlife management student Jennifer DuBay. “It was great fun. This was without a doubt a great victory for us and a great example of the education a student can receive in the Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston.”
“I heard someone in the crowd say 'Is that kid a genius?'" said Jim Schneider, advisor to the host chapter at Michigan State University.
“This is an incredible achievement,” said John Loegering, U of M Crookston professor and student chapter advisor. “To compete so well against the powerhouse programs of the Midwest at the team’s first appearance at this level is a real testament to the commitment and dedication of these students to their studies, their academic performance, and their profession. I am very proud of their performance.”
The student chapter won the state competition last February and will compete in the national competition next fall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The quiz bowl is a one-on-one competition between teams and features questions on wildlife biology, taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, population ecology, management techniques, conservation policies, and other relevant topic. Other wildlife programs competing included Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Iowa State, Purdue University, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Central Missouri, Southern Illinois University, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Conclaves are hosted by student chapters and offer professional training on a variety of topics. This year students gained experience in several techniques including amphibian sampling, mist netting birds, capturing and handling small mammals, capturing fish with electrofishing gear, and locating animals with radio-telemetry. There also was a resume workshop and networking events. The conclave was at Camp Pinewood, a 200-acre YMCA camp near Twin Lakes, Michigan.
The U of M Crookston Chapter has 25 members and is part of the over 10,000 members of The Wildlife Society, which represents and serves the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide.