The Wildlife Society 2010 Student Conclave.

University Programs


The Welder Wildlife Foundation's 7,800-acre refuge and field research station is the perfect setting for university field trips. The directors and educators at the Refuge work with professors to design a program tailored to reinforce course topics and interests of the participants. Programs topics range from the biology, ecology and management of individual wildlife species to range and wildlife habitat ecology and mangement. All programs offer an overview of the ecology of south Texas with emphasis on research that has been conducted on the Refuge and within the region. Current conservation issues within the context of wildlife and range management in south Texas are discussed to give students a better understanding of the challenges, both economic and environmental, that range and wildlife managers deal with daily. 

In addition to visiting field sites where habitat management techniques such as prescribed fire are employed, these field trips take students through a host of the Refuge's 16 native plant communities from chaparral uplands to riparian bottomlands.  Depending on the course topic and trip length, we expose students a range of activities that give them hands-on experience with various monitoring and management techniques.

The Foundation's directors often participate in or lead these programs. To arrange for a university field trip to the Welder Refuge, please contact the Foundation's Conservation Education Program Coordinator, Michelle Batey.

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