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Greetings to all! It's been a busy month. I have been concentrating on monitoring the anti-trapping legislation that has been introduced across the nation and on doing outreach programs in Alabama. I am currently working with Auburn University and their wildlife students during their three day summer practicum. Students learn the history of trapping, laws and ethics and have a two day field workshop where they learn both water and land trap setting. I am also working to establish a program with the University of Montevallo's outdoor scholars program to create a predator control and trapping program. This will allow students that are interested in forestry, hunting and fishing to learn how to properly control predators as a part of their educational process. I am preparing an educational exhibit for the National Trappers Association Convention concentrating on track, skull and fur identification.
I have conducted several outreach programs with Kidz Outdoors, an organization that links family and friends to pass on the passion for the outdoors to a new generation. Raising funds for hospitals and research centers in hope to find cures for cancer and other childhood diseases. NTA coloring books, furbearer ID info sheets and other educational information was given out. I've also set up an educational booth at the Oakville Indian Mounds in Danville, AL at their Multicultural Indian Pow Wow to demonstrate trapping techniques, skull and fur identification and also give out packets of NTA information.