North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP)

It is time to begin registering teams for the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP).   The contest will be held on May 14, 2011, at Goose Creek State Park in Beaufort County.   The first place senior team will have the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the National WHEP Invitational in Little Rock, Arkansas in late July.

The tentative schedule for the contest is as follows:

9:30 am           ———-            Registration
10:00 am         ———-            Contest Begins
12:00 pm         ———-            Lunch
12:45 pm         ———-            Contest Resumes
1:30 pm           ———-            Scoring and Activities for Contestants
4:30 pm           ———-            Presentation of Awards

Counties are able to bring more than one Junior and Senior team consisting of three to four members, as well as any individual competitors.   This year’s contest will consist of wildlife identification and general wildlife knowledge, on-site habitat recommendations, habitat evaluation using aerial photos, and identification of wildlife foods.  Teams will need to provide their own lunches on-site, as well as clipboards and pencils for each team member.  The contest will take place rain or shine.

The 2011 State Contest will be based on the revised 2009 NC WHEP Learning and Activity Guide – 4th Edition (http://go.ncsu.edu/extensionforestry4h).

If your 4-H club is interested in participating in this contest or would like more information, please contact Holly Jordan at (828) 255-5522 or holly_jordan@ncsu.eduRegistration for this event is due May 6, 2011.

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