Connecting wildlife conservation and hunting

Ondrea Spychalski says she made the connection of how hunters impact our environment and wildlife conservation thanks to a workshop the Grand Valley State University recently attended.
Dec 10, 2013

The 2009 Grand Haven High School graduate is currently the Teach for the Watershed intern for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. She was one of four GVSU students given a scholarship to attend a Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow workshop, sponsored by the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation.

"I will admit I was hesitant," Spychalski wrote in a guest blog for the WMEAC website. "The program seemed focused on wildlife management and the issues that hunting can present. Being a natural resources management major at Grand Valley State University, I have never delved too deeply into wildlife biology. However, upon further discussion and research, I realized that participating in the program would be a very beneficial experience."

Growing up in the Grand Haven area, Spychalski said she was exposed to hunting through her father and older brothers, and got used to seeing white-tail deer hanging in the garage during the fall.

"Throughout the course of the four-day workshop, which included 20 students as well as a few instructors from five Midwestern universities, the image that I had originally perceived of a 'hunter' was molded and changed into an image that encompassed the past, the present and the future impacts of hunters on habitat and wildlife conservation," she wrote.

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Truth Be Told

Its the disrespectful hunters that give the sport a bad name.
First and foremost- why shoot anything you don't intend to eat ?
Marksmanship, be humane- one kill shot, the idea is to harvest food, NOT terrify it to death.
Leave the woods and the wildlife better than when you found it, if that means passing on a running deer or allowing that pesky squirrel to live another day-so be it.

Tri-cities realist

"Being a natural resources management major at Grand Valley State University, I have never delved too deeply into wildlife biology"... Really?


TRI-Cities, I'm with you. My son has NRM degree and his MBA in Environmental Resource Managemant and they require a biology concentration (at least 4 classes), if not a biology major. What kind of hocky program does GVSU have going???

Back to the Wall

Certainly not worthy of the CCHA.


I disagree Tri-cities and Horst,
The NRM department at Grand Valley focuses on the history, policy, ecological impacts and management applications for natural resources. Unless a student decides to have a minor or emphasis in wildlife biology/biology, which is not required, there is no in depth course on wildlife throughout the NRM department that is required of the student to take.
Also, while biology courses are required at GV with a NRM degree, a "biology" class can range anywhere from plant identification, ecology and genetics - not necessarily WILDLIFE biology. Just because this student chose not to aim her studies at wildlife biology does not mean she should be faulted for it.

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