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Wildlife (Indiana 4-H)

Observing and studying wildlife can provide a lifetime of enjoyment. This project will help you learn to identify wildlife, basic wildlife needs, and how wildlife interact with other wildlife and with people. At the advanced level you will learn how to create wildlife habitat, wherever you live.

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Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program (WHEP) Career Development Event (CDE ~ contest)

Hunting gives deer-damaged forests in Indiana state parks a shot at recovery. A Purdue study shows that regulated deer hunts in Indiana state parks have helped restore the health of forests suffering from decades of damage caused by overabundant populations of white-tailed deer.


  • National Park: Explore Nature websites
  • Got Nature? Purdue FNR wildlife/natural resources blog
  • Wildlife Foods Flashcards (The Education Store, search: 4-H-993)
  • Wildlife ID & Equipment Flashcards (The Education Store, search: FNR-205)
  • Everything Wild
  • Interested in a career working with wildlife? View the Purdue Department of Forestry & Natural Resources video to see what it is all about!
  • Fish and Wildlife Service - Great Lakes Eucation and Outreach
  • Project Wild. Click here for 2012 workshop information.
  • Wildlife Gardnener curriculum (from the Junior Master Gardener program)
  • DNR Kids Page, www.dnr.in.gov/kid
  • Indiana Master Naturalist Program

Raising Game Birds - People that raise game birds (ring-necked pheasant or bobwhite quail, including their subspecies and color phases) must follow the IDNR regulations. Rules (synopsis), Game Breeder Statute (IDNR). Note that Wild turkeys and ruffed grouse may not be raised in captivity in Indiana.

Migratory birds (including ducks) - The Migratory Bird Treaty Act makes it illegal for anyone to take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase, barter, or offer for sale, purchase, or barter, any migratory bird, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid permit issued pursuant to Federal regulations. See the Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Overview website, Migratory Bird website, or call (612) 713-5436 for instructions and requirements.

Lugar-Purdue Future of Forestry Program and Scholarship

  • For high school students only
  • Increase your knowledge of forest science
  • Earn a certificate from Indiana's U.S. Senator Lugar
  • A chance to earn a $3,000 scholarship from Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources.
  • High school seniors can earn 3 university academic credits
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