Besides the project to repair and replace wood duck boxes in the Greenway, the UND Chapter of The Wildlife Society has a full slate of spring events on tap.
The chapter's annual wildlife supper, the big fundraiser for the year, is set for 6 p.m. April 21 in Woodland Lodge at Turtle River State Park near Arvilla, N.D. The event includes a wild game feed and a raffle for a variety of trips, gear and other items donated for the fundraiser. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, April 3, for a $15 donation. For more information, contact Steffanie Brewer, UND Wildlife Society chapter president, at Steffanie.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Glenn Allen Paur Memorial Seminar, set for noon Friday, April 27, in Education Building Room 7, will feature Margaret Voss of Syracuse University, who will talk about "Developmental Ecology and Loss of Avian Biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands." The UND Chapter of The Wildlife Society hosts the lectures each year to honor Paur, a UND biology student who died in a 1978 boating accident while working on a research project just days after graduation.
Also planned for this spring is a hunter education program, which will be offered for student chapter members new to hunting, with plans in the works for a mentored hunt this fall.
On a related note, Susan Ellis-Felege, the chapter's advisor and an associate professor in the UND biology department, said the university's Fisheries and Wildlife program has received some substantial gifts recently that will go toward scholarships. Erik Fritzell of Grand Forks, a retired biologist and an avid hunter and conservationist, has spearheaded a new Game Management scholarship geared toward graduate students. The endowment has grown to more than $100,000 with a goal of $250,000, Ellis-Felege said. March 1 was the application deadline for this year's inaugural scholarship, which will be awarded this spring, she said.
In addition, Virginia Steinhaus DuBowy, the first woman graduate in UND's Fish and Wildlife program, and her husband, Paul, have established a scholarship with a planned gift of $250,000 for women pursuing Fish and Wildlife majors, Ellis-Felege says. The first scholarship in that endowment also will be awarded this spring.