The Annual Meeting of the Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society (ICTWS) just finished (04/16-04/18). Dr. Tih-Fen Ting was accompanied by first-year M. S. candidate Lewis Hakam and two senior undergraduates Emily Jones and Sarahi Porcayo who all received the ICTWS travel grant in order to attend the meeting. They also presented posters of their work with osprey and kestrels respectively during the poster presentation session.
The meeting provided Ting lab students with networking opportunities and exposure to a variety of different wildlife management issues within the state of Illinois. The conference ended with a presentation on drones and their applications for wildlife research and management. Students even flew drones during a live demonstration. Congratulations to the students on a successful 2023 conference!
Dr. Tih-Fen Ting and Dr. Robert J. Reber from UIUC recently published observations of Short-eared Owls in the state of Illinois in the Outdoor Illinois Journal. Click the link below to read their article!
UIS undergrads Emily Jones (left) and Sarah Porcayo (Right) are studying the winter survival and habitat use of American Kestrels under the direction of Dr. Tih-Fen Ting. Learn more about their exciting projects by clicking the link below!
We just wrapped up the Annual Meeting of Illinois Chapter of The Wildlife Society (4/10 – 4/12). Besides the oral and poster presentations given by the students and wildlife professionals, we also held the workshop on the Google Earth Engine. Besides myself, Andrew Stokes, Adam Eckert, and Frances Whalen from Ting Lab also attended the meeting this year.
For the first time ever for the Ting Lab, our students captured the first prize in both oral and poster presentation categories for the student awards. Specifically, Andrew received the first prize for his oral presentation based on his thesis work (population viability analysis for the osprey populations in our hacking program). Adam was awarded the first prize for his poster presentation based on his graduate project on habitat suitability modeling for siting nest platforms for ospreys. The competition was stiff given the large number of student presenters this year.
Frances also gave a poster presentation based on her first season of field data on the survival of wintering American Kestrels. Although Frances’ poster was not selected (not surprising because her study is ongoing), I have heard compliments about Frances’ work, including those from one of the judges.
In short, I just wanted to share some great news about our students so congratulations to Andrew, Adam, and Frances!
Click the link below to access the State Journal-Register's Article on the Ting Lab's research on Franklin's Ground Squirrels at Centennial Park in Springfield, Illinios.
Click the link below to access the UIS News article about the Ting Lab's Osprey reintroduction project.