Wildlife (Indiana 4-H)
Observing and studying wildlife can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. This project will help you learn to identify wildlife, basic wildlife needs, and how wildlife interact with other wildlife and with people. At the advanced level you will learn how to create wildlife habitat, wherever you live.
Manuals-- Order from The Education Store, www.edustore.purdue.edu. Click on the Category "4-H Youth Development" on the left of the home page and then click on "4-H Wildlife."
Exhibit pictures from previous years (not new curriculum)
Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) Career Development Event (CDE ~ contest)
- Indiana DNR bird webcam (Division of Fish and Wildlife, Wildlife Resources, Animals)
- Wildlife Habitat Evaluation with Aerial Photos (Wild,Hab,Eval,Aerial,Photos.pdf)
Hunting gives deer-damaged forests in Indiana state parks the opportunity to recover from overgrazing. A Purdue study shows that regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore the health of forests suffering from decades of damage caused by overabundant populations of white-tailed deer.
- National Park: Explore Nature websites
- Got Nature? Purdue FNR wildlife/natural resources blog
- Wildlife Foods Flashcards (The Education Store, search: 4-H-993)
- Wildlife ID & Equipment Flashcards (The Education Store, search: FNR-205)
- Everything Wild
- Wildlife Habitat Evaluation with Aerial Photos
- Wildlife Gardnener curriculum (from the Junior Master Gardener program)
- DNR Kids Page, www.dnr.in.gov/kid
- Indiana Master Naturalist Program
Wildlife ProtectionTake care to follow all state and federal guidelines when working with wildlife, with particular care when raising game birds, migratory birds, and endangered species. See the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Endangered Species website, https://www.fws.gov/endangered/, to check for endangered wildlife.
Raising Game Birds - People that raise game birds (ring-necked pheasant or bobwhite quail, including their subspecies and color phases) must follow the IDNR regulations. Rules (synopsis), Game Breeder Statute (IDNR). Note that Wild turkeys and ruffed grouse may not be raised in captivity in Indiana.
Migratory birds (including ducks) - The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations. See the Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Overview website, Migratory Bird website, or call (612) 713-5436 for instructions and requirements.