TWS Events

Beast Feast

Our annual wild game dinner is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Each year club members collect meat donations from friends, family, and the community and prepare exotic dishes for an all-you-can-eat buffet. This year Beast Feast will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014, at Whitehurst Lodge in Williston, FL.

This year, Beast Feast will feature: whitetail deer, Spanish mackerel, raccoon, opossum, squirrel, anoles, hog, and quail amongst other species. Pre-sale tickets are available, allowing individuals to enter the event through an ‘express’ lane rather than waiting in line to buy your ticket at the event. Pre-sale tickets are $15. Beast Feast t-shirts will also be available at the event and will cost $15.

If you know any hunters or fishermen that would like to donate, let us know! We also look for door prizes and raffle donations from local businesses, such as fishing rods and camping equipment. Join us in asking for donations for Beast Feast at our calling parties in the Newins-Ziegler student lounge. You will earn club points for participating, and we provide scripts for phone conversations. For more information contact Mitch Petoskey (mitchamafied@ufl.edu) Tess Huttenlocker (thutten@live.com).

The Wildlife Society Southeastern Conclave

Don't miss your chance to defend UF TWS student chapter at these annual competitions! Conclave meetings will be held every Wednesday in Newins-Ziegler Hall (NZH) room 112, unless otherwise stated, in preparation for the upcoming competition. For more information contact Hunter (hunterslade@gmail.com) or Tiffany (toliver94@ufl.edu).

The 2014 Southeastern Student Wildlife Conclave will be held Thursday, March 20th through Saturday, March 22nd at Clemson University in South Carolina.

Conclaves provide an opportunity for students to compete for their schools in an academic quiz bowl that is focused on questions related to wildlife management and conservation. Additionally, conclaves provide students with hands-on training in the wildlife and conservation field. There are individual field competitions that are both intellectually and physically challenging to students. Some of these include shooting sports, archery, tree and plant identification, and orienteering.

In addition to the competitions, there are also workshops and field trips available to all students. These help expose students to management techniques and activities that are underway across the southeastern United States. Members of a state or federal agency that have wildlife conservation projects underway usually conduct these workshops and field trips. Previous conclaves have included trips to captive deer facilities, wildlife disease laboratories, wildlife rehabilitation centers, federal refuges and state management areas, and many other destinations.

Another very important aspect of a wildlife conclave is the opportunity it provides for students to network and build professional relationships with students and faculty from other academic programs, and with working professionals in the wildlife management discipline. The opportunity to attend and participate in a wildlife conclave has tremendous educational and professional value for students that will be tomorrow's wildlife conservation leaders.

Millhopper Road Cleanup

One day every year the Wildlife Society picks up garbage along our adopted road to keep it clean. After a few hours of hard work the group goes out to lunch. It's more fun than you think!

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Hunter Check Stations

Each hunting season club members are encouraged to help out the FWC at local hunter check stations. The FWC conducts game measurements as well as checking deer for Chronic Wasting Disease. Club members also take weekend trips to Caravelle Wildlife Management Area and to learn how to age deer jaw bones. Volunteering at a check station is a fun and easy way to gain knowledge and skills, and will look great on a resume!

See http://www.myfwc.com/RECREATION/WMASites_index.htm to look up other WMAs that you could volunteer at.

Buck-Off

In the fall our club puts together a team of girls to participate in a bull-riding competition sponsored by the Agriculture Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Rho. All proceeds from the night go to the Winn Dixie Hope Lodge, which provides housing for outpatients undergoing cancer treatment. For the past fourteen years, Buck-Off has helped assist the Hope Lodge with their much-needed donations.

Lubee Bat Festival (http://www.batconservancy.org/)

The Lubee Bat Conservancy is an international non-profit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity though conservation of fruit bats. They are only open to the public during the annual Lubee Bat Fest in October, where people can visit the bats, check out display tables from local environmental groups, and participate in games and arts & crafts events. The Wildlife Society participates in tabling and welcomes volunteers to come out for the day and get the word out about our club and what we do.

Environmental Education

Many of our club events are dedicated to environmental outreach and education. During fall, a group of club members visit Duval elementary school to teach children about science through interactive methods such as games or live animal interaction!

For more information on upcoming educational events see the ‘Home’ page of this website, or contact Steven (steventillis@mindspring.com) and Rosie (rosie.pd9@gmail.com).