|4-H …Taking the Lead|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:05|
Wildlife Habitat Evaluation
Youth enrolled in the Wildlife and Conservation 4-H Project discussed in the last 4-H…Taking the Lead news column may also be interested in participating in the Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) to more learn about the environment.
The 2011 WHEP Program will be held June 19-21, 2011, at Niobrara State Park by Niobrara, Nebraska.
Youth participating in this camping contest will have opportunities to participate in learning activities in the following areas:
•Wildlife Identification – participants compete as individuals and are tested on their ability to identify pre-determined wildlife species. Twenty photographs of wildlife species, which clearly show either a juvenile, adult, male or female of the species is presented to the participants.
•General Wildlife Knowledge – participants compete as individuals and are tested on their knowledge of topics ranging from wildlife habitat for select species to management practices that benefit wildlife.
•Wildlife Management Practices – participants compete as individuals and are taken to an outdoor site with defined boundaries and are asked to evaluate the quality of habitat for select wildlife species. Based on each participant’s site evaluation, he/she is asked to recommend wildlife management practices that will benefit each select wildlife species.
•Written Wildlife Management Plan – participants compete as a team to write a 2-page management plan for an outdoor site with defined boundaries that meets objectives established in a field conditions sheet provided to each team.
•Oral Defense of Written Plan – although each team member completes this activity individually, their individual score counts toward the final team score for the written plan. Each individual team member appears before a panel of 2-3 judges and answers questions over a 5-minute period about their written plan, as well as general wildlife questions.
Along with one adult leader, 4-H youth ages 8-18 participate in WHEP by forming teams of three to four individuals within the current age divisions:
•Novice – 8-11 years old (by January 1 of the current year)
•Juniors – 12-13 years old (by January 1 of the current year)
•Seniors – 14-18 years old (by January 1 of the current year)
WHEP teams learn and study wildlife information together in preparation for the annual WHEP Camp. At the camp, youth in the novice division participate in non-competitive events, while youth in the junior and senior teams compete in the WHEP Contest. One senior team is selected to attend the National WHEP Contest.