Fish and Wildlife Seminars Fall 2009

The seminars are a partnership between faculty in the Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences Program at N.C. State University and Wildlife Commission biologists and managers. Learn about the latest happenings in fisheries and wildlife management in language you can understand. Seminars will be held at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education at 1751 Varsity Drive in Raleigh from 3:30-5:00 p.m. September 16, 2009 – A Sampling of Ongoing PhD Research Projects at NCSU: Warblers, Geese, and Fish Three PhD students from NCSU (Neil Chartier, Liz Rutledge, and Dana Sackett) will discuss briefly their ongoing research on fish and wildlife populations in North Carolina. Topics covered will include Swainson's warbler breeding ecology along the Roanoke River, human health risks posed by Canada geese around PTI airport in Greensboro, and fish-mercury dynamics across North Carolina. October 14, 2009 – Black Bear Research and Management in North Carolina: 1970's through the present Colleen Olfenbuttel, NC furbearer biologist with the NCWRC, will discuss black bear management in North Carolina. During the 1970's, the modern era of black bear management in NC began with projects initiated to examine the status of bears, with several of these projects continuing through the present. In addition, NCWRC has entered into cooperative agreements with various universities, including NCSU, to conduct research on the population demographics of the bear population. These research and monitoring efforts have provided for a basis for making sound management decisions and adopting regulations to benefit bear populations and bear habitats throughout the state. November 18, 2009 – Managing Native Warm-Season Grasses: Striking a Balance between Wildlife and Livestock Interests Dr. Craig Harper, Professor at the University of Tennessee, is an expert on the management of native warm-season grasses in the Mid-South. Native warm-season grasses are commonly promoted to enhance wildlife habitat and as livestock forage. These interests, however, are often not compatible in terms of vegetation composition and structure. Considerations and techniques for managing native grasses and the associated plant community for wildlife habitat and livestock forage will be discussed. For more information, contact Marti Kane, Center Director, at (919)707-0203 or

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