MSU students conduct quail surveys, learn fire management

©Heath Cajandig

During the summer of 2017, the Missouri State University (MSU) Student Chapter helped with Quail Surveys with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC). During the fall semester of the 2017-2018 school year, the student chapter helped with dove check-ins with the MDC at Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. In the month September of the fall semester of the 2017-2018 school year, student chapter members helped with picking up trash along the Niangua River along with the Missouri Stream Team. Throughout the month of October, students have continued to help with Quail Surveys with the MDC at Bois D’Arc Conservation Area. Then on October 26th and 27th, members helped out at the Springfield Nature Center for their annual Halloween event.

On November 8, 2017, 10 student chapter members (and two MDC employees) took the Level 1: Fire Management course at the Southwest Regional MDC Office in Springfield, MO and all the participants PASSED! This course is typically a two-day class, but for convenience sake it is compressed into one long night. Class started at 5pm with dinner provided and ended around 11pm. Staff that helped teach this class included: Kevin Hedgpeth, Brad Jump, Greg Cassell, Ashley Schnake, Rhonda Rimer, Rod Tucker, Tim Russell, and Allison Leisenring. 

This article originally appeared in the Missouri Chapter of The Wildlife Society’s Fall 2017 newsletter.