The weekend of April 13-15, 2018 was a busy one for the Green Mountain College (GMC) Chapter of The Wildlife Society. GMC hosted The Wildlife Society Northeast Student Conclave, which is an event that attracts students from around the Northeast interested in wildlife and natural resources.
Students spent the weekend at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, Vermont. Griffin Shelor (‘18), Olivia Broadrick (‘18), Kali Demarco (‘19), Seth Heirs (‘20), Christian Owens (‘20), Emily Ray (‘20), Kait Dorn (‘20), Casey Hall (‘21), and Kyle Patterson (‘21), along with Dr. Val Titus (Wildlife and Forestry Conservation), were the hosting crew. The event kicked off with a welcome talk by Dr. John McDonald, president of the National Wildlife Society and a keynote lecture from Tom Decker, a lifelong Vermonter and a former Vermont State Biologist who now works for the USFWS in Massachusetts.
GMC was also represented by a number of workshop leaders. Dr. Titus organized a small mammal trapping workshop and Arthur Brooke-Corso and Christopher “Moose” Baughman represented GreenMap with a number of “Leave No Trace” and wildland survival workshops. Nova Kim and Les Hook provided wildcrafting workshops. Keith Roberts of the Native Plant Nursery on campus provided a plant ID workshop, while Ken Demarco (Kali’s dad) taught a workshop on campfire cooking.
A number of volunteers from Vermont Fish and Wildlife, VINS, University of New Haven, Penn State University, and USDA APHIS ran additional workshops ranging from rocket netting skills for birds to wildlife forensics to fish sampling to noninvasive wildlife sampling. The full day of workshops ended with the Northeast Student Quiz Bowl. The fun was concluded by a great presentation by Vermont State Game Warden Robert Sterling and his trusty K9, Crockett.
GMC received funding from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the National Wildlife Society. Thank you to the GMC community for pitching in!