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Last years Day on the Wild Side archery station. Photo by Jasmine Cupp.

By Becky Simpson, OSWCD Education Specialist

The Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District (OSWCD), in cooperation with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW); U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Winous Point Marsh Conservancy, invite high school students to a one day workshop “Field Skills for Future Land Stewards…Wildlife Management”. The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 26, at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, located near Oak Harbor, from 8:30-4 p.m. 

During this workshop, 20 high school students will get a chance to spend a day out in the field with Wildlife Managers and learn what it is they do. In the morning the students will participate in a goose round-up coordinated by the ODOW. During lunch there will be an open discussion with many professionals from all aspects of Wildlife Management. After lunch they will get back in the field to learn more about radio telemetry and animal necropsy. “I see this as an opportunity for students with a career interest in conservation to get their feet wet in the realms of Wildlife Management,” said Becky Simpson, Education Specialist for the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District. “If you have attended our Day on the Wildside in the past and would like to learn more in-depth field techniques, then this is a great workshop for you.”

Participants will want to bring waders or old tennis shoes, a change of clothes (just in case), binoculars or cameras and an appetite (lunch is included). Participants must be in high school starting the 2014 school year. Cost to attend “Field Skills for Future Land Stewards…Wildlife Management” is $20 and is limited to 20 participants. If you are interested in attending, call 419-898-1595 or visit the website at ottawaswcd.com.

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