UACES Facebook Wildlife O-Rama Study Materials

Wildlife O-Rama Study Materials

Wildlife O-Rama focuses on the contestant’s ability to: (1) identify wildlife species found in announced regions, (2) identify foods these wildlife species consume, and (3) demonstrate an understanding of wildlife ecology and management concepts.  The announced region for 2016 is Urban.  Species from the Urban region will be included in the Wildlife Identification event.
 

Junior and Senior 4-H members with approval of their county 4-H office are eligible to participate in the District 4-H Wildlife O-Rama in June.  Up to four juniors and four seniors from each county may participate. The top five Seniors competing in each District are eligible to attend the State Wildlife O-Rama in July. Additional details are available in the event description or from your local county Extension office. 

4-H male youth pouring plaster into wildlife track mold
MAKING TRACKS -- Practice identifying tracks by making a set of plaster casts at your 4-H club meeting.  (Image by Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas.)
Wildlife Identification (30 points) asks contestants to identify wildlife from pictures, artifacts, replicas, or other representations as
found in a natural outdoor condition.  This includes identifying pelts, skulls, tracks, vocalizations, scat, or other evidence used to identify wildlife.  Download the scorecard  to learn which wildlife species are in the contest.  Find pictures and additional details from descriptions of Urban and Mississippi Alluvial Plain species.  On-line resources include Animal Diversity Web, E-nature, or other websites.
 
Wildlife Foods (15 points) asks which foods a certain wildlife species eats.  Only species in the announced region are used.  Answers to multiple-choice questions are recorded on a scorecard.  Study the Wildlife Foods Chart which links eligible wildlife species with food groups.  Even though a particular species may eat many different foods, this chart lists their most common foods by food group.  At the contest, a sample or picture of a type of food will be displayed.  The contestant is asked to either identify (1) which wildlife species consumes the displayed food, or (2) which one of several displayed foods is consumed by a single wildlife species. Definitions of food groups  describe how these wildlife foods are classified.
 
Wildlife Ecology & Management Concepts (15 points) asks questions about concepts associated with managing wildlife.  Answers to multiple-choice or true/false questions are recorded on a scorecard.  A sample of previous questions and scorecard is available for download.  Questions are taken from the following study material:  wildlife concepts and terms (Juniors and Seniors), glossary (Juniors and Seniors), and wildlife management practices (Seniors only).  Seniors are expected to demonstrate more in-depth understanding of concepts and terms than Juniors. 
 
Additional bonus questions may be offered during the contest and/or before the awards ceremony at the Wildlife O-Rama to determine the winner in case of tied scores. Contestants are encouraged to answer bonus questions, when offered, to the best of their ability.  The format of bonus questions can be different from regular event questions.  A bonus question may also be essay or fill-in-the-blank.   
The Wildlife O-Rama activities are similar to those held at the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program's (WHEP) state contest.  Typically an annual WHEP practice session is held in February in Central Arkansas, and a state contest in April or May in a different location each year.  Contact your local county Extension office to sign up, or for further details.

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The Wildlife O-Rama activities are similar to those held at the 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program's (WHEP) state contest.  Typically an annual WHEP practice session is held in February in Central Arkansas, and a state contest in April or May in a different location each year.  Contact your local county Extension office to sign up, or for further details.