Diverse wildlife populations are valuable from many standpoints, as indicators of a healthy ecosystem, for recreation, and for aesthetics. Understanding a species; requirements and habits is the first step in ensuring the continuing existence of that particular animal. Proper protection and management of an animal's habitat will encourage optimum populations.

2017 Training Resources

2017 Wildlife Key Topics

2017 Wildlife Species List

2017 Important Wildlife Websites

2017 Wildlife Audio Challenge and Invasive Plants to Know

Mammal Management and Diseases In Delaware Presentation

Waterfowl Identification Presentation

Flyways and Banding Presentation

Creation, Enhancement, and Restoration of Freshwater Wetlands Presentation

Aliens in Our Midst Article - Outdoor Delaware

Careers in Wildlife Slides

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Brochure

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) Brochure

Invasive-Nuisance Presentation

Nutria Eradication Project - USDA

Rabies Virus - DE Council of Wildlife Rehabilitators and Educators

Wetland Buffer Fact Sheet - Southeast Watershed Forum

Wildlife Tagging and Banding - Jesse Baird, DNREC-F&W

Wildlife Restoration Act (WRA) Funding

Practice Exercise and Sample Questions

Using a field guide to birds, identify two raptor species and determine their habitat requirements Do the same for two waterfowl species and two passerine species.

Choose a large mammal and track its food chain down to its lowest possible component.

List the animals likely to be found in a mature forest type.

Name three furbearers found in your area of Delaware. Determine whether there is an open trapping season on them. Check the current hunting regulations. List the maximum number of deer legally allowed by one person in Delaware.

Go to the woodlot nearest your school and list four habitat types found there.

Observe a wetland and discuss the variety of activity visible or likely to be taking place in that area.

Sample Questions

  1. A vernal pool is a special breeding site for fish in the spring. (TRUE ) or (FALSE)?
      Give a reason for your answer.

  2. What two fish eating raptor species populations are now recovering from the effects of DDT?

  3. Why is the horseshoe crab valuable to migrating shorebirds?

  4. The most recently reintroduced wild game species in Delaware is the:
      a) raccoon
      b) opossum
      c) wild turkey
      d) gray fox
      e) Bob-white quail
      f) Delmarva Fox squirrel

  5. Sexual dimorphism in wildlife means:
      a) males participate in rearing of young
      b) females do not participate in rearing of young
      c) males and females of a species have different external characteristics
      d) eggs are infertile
      e) this term does not apply to wildlife


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