Learning and team building were on the itinerary for SUNY Cobleskill’s Chapter of The Wildlife Society as they traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, this month to attend The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference. From November 5 to 9, our students networked and collaborated their way through one of the largest gatherings of wildlife professionals and supporters in North America, gaining new insights into wildlife and habitat conservation.
The opening seminars of the conference saw students engage with professionals and peers in several events and activities, including a student leadership breakfast, resume review session, “Careers with Federal Agencies” panel discussion, poster session, and student-professional mixer. These sessions also featured poster and oral presentations from Kaylee Kilmer (current student), and Colby Slezak, Cindy Von Haugg, and Nicole Bosco (SUNY Cobleskill alums).
In between presentations on current wildlife research and management practices in North America and across the world, SUNY Cobleskill’s team made a strong showing in the Quiz Bowl, beating Colorado State University and University of Montana in the wildlife trivia competition. The trip was closed out with some sightseeing around the Louisville area, including Mammoth Cave National Park, home to the most extensive cave system in the world. The students’ tour covered two miles of the cave’s 426 mapped miles.
“Our students gained a valuable appreciation for the curricula in their degree programs and confidence in themselves through their experiences in and around the conference,” said advisor and associate professor Dr. Roger J. Masse. “They make the College proud with their passion for wildlife conservation and research and their ambition to become deeper involved in their learning and potential career paths.”
SUNY Cobleskill’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society provides educational opportunities and promotes a broader understanding of fish, wildlife, and natural resources to the campus and surrounding communities. It prepares its members for careers and encourages professionalism and high standards in fields related to fisheries and wildlife management.