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January 22, 2013

Workshop to help landowners manage wildlife, habitats

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Landowners can learn how to identify and manage wildlife in a variety of habitats at a Purdue Extension workshop.

"Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner" is an eight-week workshop series that will be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday evenings Feb. 12 to April 2 at the Southeast Purdue Agricultural Center, 4425 E County Road 350 N, Butlerville. Additionally, there will be field days for forest management on March 9, and grassland/wetland management on March 30.

The workshops will include sessions on wildlife biology, ecology and identification; habitat restoration and management for forests, grasslands and wetlands; and finding information and assistance for wildlife management goals. Workshop speakers will include Extension specialists in forestry and wildlife, as well as biologists from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Several species of wildlife will be discussed, including white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, pheasants, quail, rabbits and doves.

"Most land in Indiana is privately owned, so private landowners are the critical force in developing successful wildlife management programs," said Rob Chapman, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist. "We want to provide Indiana landowners who are interested in managing the wildlife resources on their land with the knowledge to prepare a plan, as well as an understanding of the tools, financial requirements and sweat equity it will take to realize their goals."

Registration costs $100 per person and includes course materials and refreshments. For more information or to register, contact Chapman at rnchapman@purdue.edu or 812-662-4999. A workshop brochure, with a registration form and more information, is available at https://ag.purdue.edu/fnr/Documents/WildlifeWorkshop2013.pdf.

Writer: Jessica Merzdorf, 765-494-8402, jmerzdor@purdue.edu

Source: Rob Chapman, 812-662-4999, rnchapman@purdue.edu

Related website:

Purdue Extension: http://www.extension.purdue.edu/

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;

Keith Robinson, robins89@purdue.edu
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