Wednesday, February 13, 2008

HCC wildlifers prepare for 2008 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave

HCC’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society is busy preparing for the 2008 Southeastern Student Wildlife Conclave at the University of Tennessee-Martin March 13-15. Conclave is an annual event that brings students from all over the southeast together to represent their schools in various fish and wildlife management-related activities and competitions. At Conclave, Haywood Community College students compete against over 20 other southeastern schools including large universities such as the University of Georgia, LSU, Auburn, University of Tennessee, Virginia Tech, NC State, the University of Florida, Mississippi State, and Clemson. Competitions include an academic quiz bowl tournament, a team field competition, game calling, canoeing, archery, radiotelemetry, dendrology, obstacle course, orienteering, trap shooting, art, photography, and an essay contest. In addition, students attend wildlife-related field trips, dinners and socials, and have an opportunity to meet other students, faculty and working professionals in the field of wildlife management. The HCC Wildlife Club is proud to be one of the only 2-year schools that attend this annual event. Our students prepare for Conclave by taking on additional studies and honing their skills in fish and wildlife identification, management techniques, ecology and equipment operation.

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