The final issue of The Wildlife Professional for 2018 looks at recent declines in wild turkey numbers as state managers and The Wild Turkey Federation worry that urbanization and habitat degradation are causing some populations to shrink. While nobody is declaring a major crisis just yet, some states are tweaking hunting seasons while others are trying to manage nuisance populations.
Everyone, especially early career professionals, will find a valuable lesson in TWS past-president Jim Miller’s story of how mentors helped shaped his thinking and long career as a wildlife professional. He credits four men with teaching him dependability, persistence, credibility, persuasiveness and more.
Other highlights include a contributed article by wildlife students at Clemson University that describes how following ducks on spring migration helped deepen their knowledge of waterfowl. In an article about restoring wetlands, biologists from Ducks Unlimited share how science guides restoration projects in areas like the Mississippi Alluvial Valley.
And last but not least, The Wildlife Society honored numerous members at the 25th TWS Annual Conference in October. See the recipients of the Society’s 2018 awards and enjoy photos from this year’s Photo Contest held at the conference.
There’s a lot more in the 60-page issue you will want to read. Watch for it in your mailbox soon.