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The Wildlife Society would like to put in the limelight the accopmlishments of not only exceptional members of the chapter, but extrordinary students of Texas Tech University. Our society’s success is defined by the achievements of alumni after graduation, and by professional engagement of current students . Members who participate in TTU-TWS events understand the importance of hard work, dedication, hands-on experience, and - most importantly - professionalism and a sense of community.
Hi, my name is Hailey Wright. I am from Paducah, Texas, which is in the middle of nowhere. I grew up on Triangle Ranch that my dad works on hunting, fishing, and riding horses. I will be the third generation Wildlife Biologist following my mom and my grandpa. The past two summers, I worked as an Intern for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. My first internship was at The Matador Wildlife Management Area and this summer I was at The Muse Wildlife Management Area. This summer I worked on the reintroduction of Texas Horned Lizards into this area. I tracked the lizards three times a day and take measurements as well. When I was not tracking lizards, I worked on habitat management such as reseeding grubbed areas and spraying chemicals. I loved every minute of my internship!
Hi, I am Sophie Morris, a sophomore Wildlife Biology major from Albuquerque, New Mexico. This summer, I had the opportunity to work along the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in Albuquerque. I assisted research efforts on urban Cooper’s Hawks, specifically the ecology of the new and expanding population. In order to accomplish this, we would trap the hawks and fledglings using mist nets, band them with a colored band and a numbered aluminum band. Along with banding the hawks we took measurements, feather samples, and blood samples before releasing them back to their nests. This summer has provided me with so many new experiences and allowed me to see what potential careers are available in our field.
Hi, I am Jonathon Bentley, a senior NRM major with a concentration in wildlife biology. For the last summer of my undergrad I got to work under Dr. Clint Boal on a project Mikayla Pryor was leading! The project was testing aggression found near active Mississippi Kite nests found in parks around Lubbock. We looked at around 20 nests throughout the summer and would test aggression by walking randomized transects every week while the nests were active. Kites have been known to dive at pedestrians as they walk by their nests, so we wanted to figure out what kind of walking patterns triggered this response. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, only one nest pair would consistently dive us when walking by. It’s kind of odd having a Kite dive bomb you! Kites, which weigh under one pound, will wholeheartedly dive bomb you despite being a fraction of your size. I also had an opportunity at the end of the summer to band some Kites while working with Dr. Boal. This was a fantastic, hands on experience! Overall, I had a blast getting to work with Mississippi Kites over the summer and gained some valuable field experience!