Research by PhD Student Shows Promise for Coexistence of Eagles and Wind Turbines

FWCB Doctoral Candidate Jason Tack collaborated with the University of Waterloo to conduct research on the strategic placement of wind turbines and the impact it would have on birds. They analyzed location of golden eagle nesting sites alongside high potential areas for wind turbine placement. Plotting these two variables against each other resulted in the successful identification of areas out of the way of nesting sites but with promise for turbine development. This finding leaves hope that future turbine placement can be carried out while reducing avian mortality.
Source: Washington Post

Alaskan Dall Sheep Captured with Camera Trapping Methods

FWCB Master’s Candidate Jeremy Dertien recently completed research on Alaskan dall sheep using wildlife cameras to monitor the sheep's habitat. Dertien’s research was conducted in partnership with the Center for the Environmental Management of Military Lands and the FWCB department at CSU to study the impact of nearby military training of Alaska’s Fort Wainwright on the sheep. Over 50 cameras were placed that took around two million photos over the course of two years. The cameras employed motion sensing that snapped a series of pictures when motion was detected. This technique was successful in capturing photos of sheep as well as many other animals including bears, lynx, wolf, and caribou. The conclusion of the study was that the military training exercises were not having any adverse effects on the sheep. The method of time lapse photos in this research was successful enough that the same data will now be used to monitor the habitat use of the other animals in the area.

Source: CSU Source

Journal of Wildlife Management Features Former FWCB Researcher

Former Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology research associate, Kourtney Stonehouse and co-authors, have an article "Habitat selection and use by sympatric, translocated greater sage-grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse," in The Journal of Wildlife Management.  Kourtney recently moved from CSU FWCB to work as a Sage-Grouse Initiative partner biologist in Tremonton, Utah.

We are excited to have current and former associates publish in prestigious natural resources journals.

RAM Welcome 2015

2015 RAM Welcome kicked off the fall with one of the largest freshman classes!  Freshmen, transfer students and family members participated in the opening CSU event under the Clark B wing. The Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (FWCB) annually creates a booth to welcome new FWCB and CSU students and to the FWCB family and CSU.  FWCB faculty, staff and students provided a fun interactive booth where students played games such as fish matching, animal tracking and ring around the antlers.  Students are able and encouraged to ask questions about the FWCB major and RAM Welcome offers an inviting opportunity and setting.  Each year the FWCB RAM Welcome booth attracts several non-declared majors to the FWCB Department.  FWCB is excited for another great freshman class and academic year.  Go RAMS!