Each fall during the moose hunting season, we send a group of students to check stations to aid in the collection of biological data (such as antler spread and pulling teeth) from harvested moose in the state of Maine. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience, meet professionals working within the state of Maine and, for those of us who have never touched a moose, an opportunity for a hands on examination of these intriguing animals.
UMaine TWS has taken charge of 3 routes of the annual Maine Cooperative Owl Survey run by Maine Audubon and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Students meet after dark and spend the night playing callback tapes and listening for owls along the routes. In the past, we have had some very successful nights, even calling owls to our location.
Grad School/Resume Night
We host annually a meeting where we invite professors and graduate students from UMaine to talk to our undergraduate members about applying to graduate school and resume writing. This is an important event in the life of an undergraduate since your resume becomes your lifeline when applying for jobs. The night is open to discussions, questions and you can even bring your resume and applications to be reviewed and edited by our professionals.
Annually, we spend part of a fall day cleaning and repairing duck nesting boxes at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge or Hirundo Wildlife Refuge so they will be ready for the birds in the spring. We set out in canoes and do our box work from the boat (if the water is high enough). This is an excellent opportunity to canoe down one of our local streams and view a variety of wildlife such as waterfowl, turtles, eagles and numerous amphibians, as well as getting more acquainted with peers and having fun along the way!
UMaine TWS puts on an annual Game Banquet at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in the spring. Prior to the date of the event, student spend time collecting game meat from sportsmen and other sources, giving the student an opportunity not only to procure some tasty food for our banquet, but gain experience speaking to the public and professionals. Students then spend the day of the event cooking up various dishes from donated game meat and then open up the doors to the community to sample these unique foods. Previous dishes have included meats such as moose, deer, rabbit, caribou, elk, bear, salmon, trout, pickerel, beaver, porcupine, duck, grouse and eider. This event is not only tasty but great fun!
Each fall, we go camping at Kathadin Iron Works and spend a day hiking the Gulf Hagas area and socializing with our peers. This is a fun event and often inspires memorable stories as well as working on our outdoors skills.