Natural Resources

2017 Theme: Backyard and Beyond: Fish, Wildlife, and Invasive Species of Nebraska. 

Purpose

The event consists of two parts. The first is an multiple choice individual exam requiring knowledge of habitat management, food webs and ecosystem properties. The second part is a group practicum on species identification skills, focusing on invasive species and native fish and wildlife. Only species occurring in Nebraska will be included, as photographs, specimens, tracks or scat.

Superintendent/s:

Dr. Drew Tyre
Wildlife Population Ecologist
416 HARH
Lincoln, NE 68583-0974
402-472-4054
natresFFA@unl.edu

Event Information

State Rules and Format:

There are no specific time limits.

Link to National Rules:

https://www.ffa.org/participate/cdes/environmental-and-natural-resources

Required Supplies

Bring a pencil

Scoring

Exam (Individual):     100 points
Team (Practicum):     100 points

Individual Score:       Exam score
Overall Team Score:  Individual scores + Practicum score (team activity)

Tiebreakers

Team Total Score - In the event of a tie, tie-breakers will be determined by:
1. Team Activity Score
2. Highest Individual Score
3. 2nd Highest Individual Score, etc.

Awards

References/Study Information

Invasives:    Curriculum and Lesson Plans

Herps:           snr.unl.edu/herpneb

Environmental Science for Agriculture and the Life Sciences. 1994. Camp, William G. and Roy L. Donahue. Delmar Publishers Inc.

Managing our Natural Resources. Third Edition. 1997. Camp, William G. and Thomas B. Daugherty. Delmar Publishers Inc.

Identification List

On-line Resources:

All plants and animals

http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/index.asp

http://www.discoverlife.org/

Native Mammals

http://www.mnh.si.edu/mna/

Bird Identification

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search/

Plant Identification

http://identifythatplant.com/plant-id-resources/plant-id-websites/