Getting Wild with Education
June 19, 2018 – Southeastern Technical College’s (STC) Fish & Wildlife Management (FWMT) Program visited Georgia Southern University’s (GSU) Center for Wildlife Education on May 31, 2018.
The FWMT program at STC is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers as wildlife technicians. Students learn to conserve and manage wildlife reservation facilities for recreational, commercial, and ecological purposes.
STC’s ornithology students were able to take advantage of the many learning opportunities provided by GSU’s Center for Wildlife Education. Here, they were able to interact with live raptors and other Georgia wildlife.
Students toured the center’s nature trail featuring several active Georgia natives like the opossum and a striped skunk. They engaged in the center’s new “Invasive Species” exhibit housing a 14 foot Burmese Python. Students also participated in the “Nocturnal Wildlife” program as a part of the center’s daily education presentation.
At the end of the trip, students had the chance to meet Steve Hein, world-renowned falconer and creator of the wildlife center itself. Steve left the students with a few falconry tips and even allowed them to take a picture with his prized Bald Eagle, Freedom.
STC’s Adjunct Instructor, Michelle Edge, lead this expedition to encourage her students to grow their passion for the FWMT field. Previously employed by the Wildlife Center, it was a nostalgic and rewarding experience to share with her students.
“Environmental education has always been a great passion of mine and I’m blessed enough to be employed in such a wonderful field right here at home with STC,” said Michelle. “My overall goal is to make learning fun and to promote wildlife conservation within the STC community in hopes that they too will develop a passion for nature!”
Trips like this, allow students to gain real-world experience in their field of study. Interacting with Georgia wildlife helps students to understand the values of conserving their environment and protecting these spectacular animals.
For more information about STC’s Fish and Wildlife Management Program, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 478-289-2200 or 912-538-3100.
(Left to Right) FWMT students Jeremiah Wheeler, Jacob Mason, Lance Chafin, & Tanner Coursey. Steve Hein is in the background holding his prized Bald Eagle, Freedom.