Statement as issued Tuesday by the Indiana DNR and Purdue:
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue University are offering a new workshop in the Fort Wayne area for landowners interested in managing their properties for wildlife.
Wildlife Management for the Private Landowner is an eight-week course beginning Sept. 18 and ending Nov. 6 at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.
It’s designed to provide landowners an introduction to wildlife ecology, a history of Indiana ecosystems, wildlife identification, wildlife biology, habitat management planning and techniques, and how to access information and assistance with wildlife management goals.
Specific topics will include the biology and management of white-tailed deer, wild turkey, pheasants, quail, rabbits, and doves. Other topics will provide information on how to restore and manage Indiana ecosystems, including forests, grasslands, and wetlands.
Topics will be presented by natural resource professionals from the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, Purdue University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.
The workshop will be from 6-9 p.m. each Tuesday at IPFW, plus two Saturday field days to demonstrate techniques discussed in the classroom. The forest management field day is Oct. 13 and the grassland/wetland field day is Oct. 27.
The cost is $100 per person and includes a binder with resource materials, publications geared to course topics, and snacks and drinks during each session.
For more information or to register, contact Rob Chapman, extension wildlife specialist with Purdue University, at (812) 662-4999 or RNCHAPMAN@purdue.edu.