The SUNY Cobleskill Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) was named Chapter of the Year by the NWTF New York State Chapter at a conference in Waterloo, New York in January for its outstanding work educating the public about conservation and hunting.

The chapter was nominated by NWTF Regional Director Sean Langevin, a SUNY Cobleskill alumnus. The NYS Chapter also paid for several students to attend the NWTF National Leadership Conference in Georgia last fall.

“Our students truly care about the mission of NWTF,” said Chapter Advisor Mark Kiburz. “They believe in the organization and have hearts that are dedicated to volunteering and giving SUNY Cobleskill a professional reputation.”

The SUNY Cobleskill chapter has assisted in various banquets as well as community outreach programs like youth hunting trips and Women in the Outdoors events, investing their personal time and money to further the chapter’s goals and benefit the community on campus and beyond.

Students at the National Leadership conference

Brandon Keyser, Kimberley Aney, Brittany Moore, and Alex Clark at the NWTF National Leadership Conference.

Students with Professional Hunter and TV star Mike Waddel

Students with pro hunter and TV star Mike Waddel (left to right: Brittany Moore, Brandon Keyser, Mike Waddel, Kimberly Aney, and Alex Clark)

In addition to their own events, they have volunteered to assist during campuswide events like holiday celebrations and Alumni Weekend. They have also been active in the NTWF, with three students attending a meeting of the state chapter and four members attending the NWTF National Leadership Conference.

The SUNY Cobleskill Chapter of the NTWF aims to promote the conservation of upland habitat and the wildlife that lives there through hunter education, research, and public outreach.