The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13

The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13




Maryland-Delaware Chapter News

A Newsletter for the Maryland-Delaware Chapter of The Wildlife Society

Spring 2011



The MD/DE chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 13th 2011


The Spring Meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 13th 2011 at Frostburg State University. Our meeting place will be the L. C. Atkinson room at the Lane Student Center. (please see below for The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 directions). For those planning to spend the night, the area abounds in scenic and historic sites. Frostburg is close to New Germany and Rocky Gap State Parks, and the C The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 & O Canal National Historic Park in Cumberland. Frostburg, named for Josiah Frost, developed as a way station along the old National Road that extended from Baltimore to Wheeling. With the arrival of The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 the B & O Railroad in 1842, the town became an important coal exporting site. Located on the eastern edge of the Allegheny Plateau, Frostburg, at 2075 feet in elevation lies 1633 feet higher than the highest point The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 in Delaware!


Frostburg State University began in 1902 as a 2 year normal school established to train elementary school teachers. After several expansions it became Frostburg State University in 1987 and offers The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 both undergraduate and graduate programs in biology and wildlife science.


^ MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT



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Spring Meeting ………………………………… 1

Message From the President ………………….... 1

Call for Student Research Posters …………..…. 3

Notes from the Fall Meeting ……………...… 4

Student Chapter The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 News …………………………. 4
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I am very honored to serve as the President of the Maryland / Delaware Chapter of The Wildlife Society for 2010 -2011 term. I first want to thank our Past-President Kevin Sullivan for The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 his hard work and dedication to our Chapter and for the guidance and advice he has provided me. We have a talented and diverse executive board in place and I look forward The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 to working closely with these folks to ensure we address the interests and concerns of our membership. We have been reviewing the results of the membership survey that was The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 answered by many of you to try to get an idea of the issues that you feel we need to address as a Chapter. I value your comments and opinions and will do my best The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 to ensure that we direct our efforts appropriately. Marnie Pepper will provide a brief synopsis of these results at our Spring Meeting.


For those that do not know me, I would The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 like to start off introducing myself. I was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I became interested in wildlife at an early age and was fortunate to spend my The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 summers exploring the plant and animal diversity of the Laurel Highlands in southwestern PA. I enlisted in the Army and spent several years traveling the world. I earned a B.S. in Biology The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 from Carlow University, a M.S. in Biology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology from West Virginia University. The prevailing theme of The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 my research has been the ecology, conservation, management, and population/conservation genetics of wildlife populations. I am currently an Associate Professor of Wildlife Biology at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD, and served The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 as the coordinator of the undergraduate Wildlife and Fisheries and Interpretive Biology and Natural History Programs for a few years. Additionally, I serve as the Faculty Advisor of the FSU Student Chapter of TWS The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13. I am an avid outdoorsman and enjoy sharing my passion for conservation with others. I am an instructor for the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program and have served as The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 a mentor for the Cumberland Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) team.


I plan to spend my term as President working to grow our membership and to increase involvement in our Chapter. I am a The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 proponent of professional networking and student involvement and will continue to seek new ways of improving both. I welcome suggestions and challenge those of you already working as wildlife professionals to get involved The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 in The Wildlife Society Online Mentoring Program. The next generations of wildlife conservation professionals are eager to learn from your experience.


I look forward to seeing you at our The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 Spring meeting that will be held this year at Frostburg State University. Be sure to plan a little extra time so you can get out to enjoy the sights and sounds of The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 western Maryland.


Respectfully,

Frank K. Ammer


AGENDA (Times are approximate):

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Introduction - 10:30 –

General Membership Meeting & Awards - 10:30 - 11:45

Lunch - 11:45 - 12:30

Student Poster Session – 12:30 – 1:00

Professional Presentations – 1:00 – 3:00

Student Poster Awards - 3:00 – 3:15

Board Meeting, All Members Welcome - 3:15


Lunch Costs The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13: $15. Students $7. Speakers free. Please e-mail Tom Serfass if you plan to attend the meeting by Tuesday, May 10th so we can give a head count to give to the caterer The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13.

(tserfass@frostburg.edu)


^ DIRECTIONS TO FSU:


FROM Baltimore and points east:

From Baltimore and east: Take I-70 west to I-68 west at Hancock, MD. Continue to the second exit for Frostburg, Exit 33 (Midlothian/ Braddock Road The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13). Bear right and proceed approximately one mile to the main entrance to the FSU campus.


The meeting will be held in the L. C. Atkinson room at the Lane Student Center The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13.

A campus map can be accessed at:

http://www.frostburg.edu/fsumap/fsumap.htm



^ CALL FOR STUDENT RESEARCH POSTERS

Deadline: May 10, 2011

The MD/DE chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 at Frostburg State University, May 13th 2011.

The Chapter invites submission of student (undergraduate, M.S., and PhD) posters on completed research or research-in-progress covering topics in wildlife The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 science, management, conservation, education, or policy.

Instructions for Submitting Abstracts:

Please submit your abstract as a Word (.doc) document attached to an email to fammer@frostburg.edu with “TWS Student Poster Session” in The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 the subject line by midnight May 10th 2011. Abstracts that miss this deadline will not be considered. Files should be named with the lead author’s last name and initials.

Abstracts should The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 include the following information BEFORE the body of the abstract:

Abstract Body:

The body of the abstract should be less than 300 words and include a statement of the objectives, brief description of methods, principal results (if applicable), and conclusions The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 (if applicable). Include scientific names in the abstract, but not in the poster title.

Registration:

All presenters MUST register and pay the $10.00 conference registration fee. This fee includes registration and lunch.

Questions?

Questions about The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 the student poster session may be directed to Frank Ammer, at fammer@frostburg.edu.


Poster Specifications

  1. Posters should not exceed 4-ft. high x 6-ft wide.Posters may be prepared as a single The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 poster or as several smaller sections mounted together.

  2. Advice on Production of Posters

  1. Keep text brief. Report only key aspects of each section (e.g., introduction, study area, methods, results, discussion, and The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 management implications). It is not advisable to display the entire text from a manuscript. Too much detail detracts from the primary message of the text.

  2. Keep figures simple. Convey only one idea per The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 figure, table, or photograph. Too much detail detracts from the primary message of the figure.

  3. Text and figures should be readable to someone standing at a distance of six feet. Adjust The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 font and image sizes accordingly. ^ BIG IS BEAUTIFUL and easy to read.

  4. Photographs should clearly show what you want the audience to see.

  5. Use appropriate blank space between words, sections, and figures.

  6. Use appropriate The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 and compatible colors for fonts, backgrounds, graphics, and matting. Light backgrounds generally are best for text.

  7. Simple typefaces are preferable to fancy fonts. Bold type may be effective on headings The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13.



^ NOTES FROM

2010 FALL MEETING

Frank Ammer assumed the presidency of the chapter, Marnie Pepper was elected vice president and Kevin Sullivan began his tenure as past president.


Tom Serfass of Frostburg State University began the The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 first of 4 professional presentations with a discussion of wildlife conservation in East Africa. Tom’s years of working in the field of otter biology and conservation, both domestically and abroad, provided attendees with an The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 illuminating conversation on public attitudes toward wildlife protection and species re-introductions on 2 continents. Glen Therres gave a presentation on the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project, a state program analogous The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 to the state breeding bird surveys. Rebecca Elzey, of the Delaware-based Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research group, gave a talk on bird recovery efforts following the recent Gulf oil The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 spill and discussed the great progress мейд in bird rehabilitation techniques over recent decades. A retrospective on the interplay of politics and science in the arena of deer management was given by retired Maryland The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 deer biologist Doug Hotton.


Three chapter level awards were presented at the meeting: the Wildlife Conservation Award was presented to Buz Meyer, the Outstanding Chapter Member Award to Marnie The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 Pepper, and the Professional Award to Lloyd Alexander.


Two of our 8 participants in the student poster session were awarded special recognition; undergraduate Amanda Bowe of Penn State for her research on landscape resistance The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 in populations of jumping mice and graduate student Teal Richards of Towson State for her research on the impact of development on the feeding and ecology of Northern Map turtles in Maryland.


^ RECENT CHAPTER The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 NEWS

Our VP, Marnie Pepper, has been a beehive of activity, creating and implementing a membership survey, creating logos, and beginning a periodic email update to keep us more informed of The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 regional wildlife issues and chapter news. Marnie will discuss the results of the membership survey at the spring meeting.


^ STUDENT CHAPTER NEWS


Frostburg State University

This past year has been very exciting for The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 the Frostburg State University Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society. We were selected as the Student Chapter of the Year for our efforts hosting the 2010 Southeastern Wildlife Conclave and for our efforts to provide our The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 membership with education, experience, networking opportunities, and fun. It would be hard to describe it all so the following is just a few of the highlights.


Early this fall we мейд our The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 annual trip to Driftwood, Pennsylvania with the Student Chapter from West Virginia University for an elk watching trip. This was a great opportunity to network with others in our field, and The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 for several of our members, a chance to see elk for the first time. Despite a foggy start to the morning, we all had great views of the elk and heard many of The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 the males bugling.


Another great field trip was to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Our members volunteered to remove bamboo so the institute could better record the native species. After The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 a hard morning’s work we were then able to take a behind the scenes tour of the facility to view some of the rare and endangered species being bred at the The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 facility and to learn more about the important conservation work that they do.

At the end of the fall semester we had our annual wild game dinner. We had a great turn out The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13, gave away some great door prizes, and as always enjoyed some of the best wild-game dishes you can eat.


Our spring semester has been mostly devoted towards getting ready for the Southeastern The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 Wildlife Conclave that was held in Auburn, Alabama. The long drive to Alabama was мейд by an impressive total of 37 of our members to compete for our school. We did fairly The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 well, finishing eighth overall out of nineteen schools and placing in several of the individual competitions.


^ UPCOMING MEETINGS TO NOTE:

Maryland-Delaware Chapter of TWS

Spring Meeting in the uplands of Western Maryland The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13, Frostburg State University

May 13th, 2011, Frostburg, Maryland.


DON’T FORGET MEMBERSHIP DUES!

Chapter Membership dues are $10.00.

Checks should be мейд out to the MD/DE Chapter of the Wildlife Society and mailed to:


Matt The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 DiBona, MD/DE TWS Treasurer

Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife

6180 Hay Point Landing Road

Smyrna, DE 19977


matthew.dibona@state.de.us

302-735-3604


^ BECOME A MEMBER!


If you are interested in becoming a The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 member of the MD/DE Chapter of The Wildlife Society or if you know of someone else who is interested, please contact Marnie Pepper, Membership Committee Chair, (Margaret.A.Pepper@aphis.usda.gov; 443-521-3019).


^ CONTRIBUTE TO The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 THE NEWSLETTER!


The MD/DE Chapter is interested in sharing your stories, news, job openings, events, etc. This newsletter is to serve as a source of information to help keep The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 you better informed and updated on issues and happenings among the MD/DE Chapter TWS. We value your input. Please send your suggestions, ideas, and contributions to:

Scott Healey, Newsletter Committee The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 Chair; Ronald.S.Healey@aphis.usda.gov


MD/DE CHAPTER T-SHIRTS!

We are pleased to announce the availability of the new MD/DE Chapter T-shirts! Get them before they’re gone! The exclusive The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 MD/DE Chapter design features a Delmarva fox squirrel “hanging on” to a sign alerting people to use caution as wildlife is nearby. The design is screen printed on the back of the The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 pale yellow cotton shirt and the familiar TWS logo with “MD/DE Chapter” underneath it is printed on the front. The T-shirts are available in sizes from Small to 2XL for The md/de chapter of The Wildlife Society will hold its Annual Spring Meeting at Frostburg State University on May 13 $10.00

and will be available at meetings.














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