WEST LAFAYETTE — Churubusco FFA’s Wildlife Habitat team recently placed first in the state competition.
The contest was held at Purdue University’s Martell Forest research facility.
Three ‘Busco FFA members placed in the top 10 individually. Bethany Parish came in fifth, Ashley Uecker placed sixth and Blaire Foote finished 10th.
Members were challenged to identify 65 species of wildlife including birds, mammals, fish and reptiles. Much of the ID portion consisted of animal skulls, tracks, cadaver birds and animals. Contestants also had to evaluate topographic maps and work as a team to write a wildlife management plan for a given scenario. An exam testing each contestant’s knowledge of the wildlife species, including foods, habitat and a variety of management practices were included.
The team will travel to Georgia for the national competition later this summer.