Wildlife on the Farm Display exhibitors honored for their innovative display at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days

Contact: Ron Schuler, 608-262-0613, rschuler@wisc.edu

Animals on a farm are expected, but what do you do when those animals are wildlife rather than cows, pigs or chickens? University of Wisconsin-Madison/UW-Extension wildlife specialists provide advice and information about wildlife on the farm to people who stop at their display at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

David Drake, University of Wisconsin- Madison associate professor/UW-Extension wildlife specialist; Jamie Nack, UW-Madison outreach specialist/UW-Extension wildlife outreach specialist and Scott Craven, UW- Madison professor emeritus/UW-Extension wildlife specialist provide information about wildlife-related habitat management practices, recreational opportunities, income potential such as fee hunting, and resolution of wildlife damage/nuisance problems in agricultural landscapes.

The Wildlife on the Farm exhibit includes a wildlife identification quiz and wildlife specimens for people to see, touch and ask about. Through the use of wild bird and mammal specimens, visitors to the display can improve their identification skills and make wildlife watching more fun and more productive. Visitors can also learn how to attract desirable wildlife and minimize wildlife damage to crops, landscapes and buildings.

For the high level of engagement and high quality aesthetics of their display, Drake, Nack and Craven received the 2011 Donald R. Peterson Technology Transfer Award for their Wildlife on the Farm exhibit at the 2011 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. The award was presented at the annual Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Board of Directors meeting in April 2012.

The Donald R. Peterson Wisconsin Farm Technology (Progress) Days Technology Transfer Award was established in honor of Don Peterson, UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) emeritus Professor and Associate Dean. Peterson was long-time General Manager of Wisconsin Farm Progress Days.

The award recognizes outstanding educational effectiveness and impact via an interactive exhibit and activities at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.  To win this award, groups must successfully engage audiences around topics such as: effectively using new management tools, processes, or concepts; incorporating new technologies into a modern farm operation; or issues that challenge contemporary agriculture and our natural resource base.

The Award memorializes Peterson’s diligent efforts to encourage CALS faculty and staff to convey the fruits of College research and knowledge to the public through Wisconsin Farm Technology Days.

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