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Students to compete at wildlife conclave; livestreams available

Thirteen students representing Western Carolina University’s Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program will be competing in the 2019 Wildlife Society Southeastern Student Conclave being held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia.

The WCU students will join competitors from about two dozen colleges and universities from 14 southeastern states at the event, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23.

WCU students have won top honors at a forestry conclave held at the Cradle of Forestry near Brevard the last four years, but this will be their first serious effort at the wildlife conclave, said Aimee Rockhill, assistant professor in the university’s Geosciences and Natural Resources Department. “They’ve been practicing for months now and are excited to compete,” she said.

The wildlife conclave quiz bowl will be livestreamed on Facebook and can be viewed at the ABAC Wildlife Society site or the ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources site from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 22. The quiz bowl will be live-streamed just on the Wildlife Society site from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. March 23.

Other activities at the conclave include speaker presentations, field trips, field competitions and contests in game-calling, art and photography.

For more information, contact Rockhill at 828-227-3915.

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