Extension workshop on Managing Land for Non-game Wildlife on October 8

By Debbie Roos

Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are teaming up to conduct a Wildlife Workshop Series for landowners. The second workshop, Managing your Land for Non-game Wildlife, will be on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro.

The program will be presented by staff from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

forest landAGENDA:

Welcome and Introductions
Debbie Roos, North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Managing Private Lands for Bats
Brandon Sherrill, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Managing Private Lands for Songbirds
Allison Nolker, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Managing Private Lands for Reptiles and Amphibians
Jeff Hall, NC Wildlife Resources Commission

(See speaker bios below.)

There is no cost to attend the workshop but pre-registration is required. Register on-line at http://go.ncsu.edu/oct-2015-wildlife.

For more information contact Debbie Roos at 919-542-8202.

Save the date: The third workshop in this series will be on November 16, 2015, from 7:00-9:00 pm in Pittsboro. Topic and details will be released by early October.

Speaker Bios:

Brandon Sherrill:  Brandon Sherrill has worked for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) as a Mammalogist since 2013.  Previously, Brandon worked as an educator/curator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and as a regional biologist for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from NC State University (NCSU) in 2006 and a master’s degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from NCSU in 2010.

Allison Nolker: Allison Nolker is a Wildlife Diversity Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  Her position is based in the Piedmont, but has statewide responsibilities for nongame birds and mammals.  Before beginning her nongame biology career, she worked as a temporary employee for the Commission as the Captive Cervid Biologist since 2014.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from NC State in 2013, and her Master’s degree in Applied Ecology at NCSU in 2014.  Her current work includes monitoring songbird and small mammal populations in the Sandhills and Uwharries.

Jeff Hall: Hired in 2007 by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Jeff Hall is the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) Biologist.  As PARC Biologist, Jeff works with landowners to promote habitat management that benefits reptiles and amphibians as well as other wildlife species.  He coordinates the North Carolina chapter of PARC helping to bring public and private partners together to further conservation efforts for reptiles and amphibians.  Jeff also participates in field work on a variety of projects including rare amphibian monitoring and habitat restoration, upland snake conservation, and Project Bog Turtle. In addition, Hall manages the Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) which is designed to monitor long-term trends of frog and toad populations across the state.