The Wildlife Society at WSU is a student organization designed to allow people with an interest in wildlife to gain experience and connections; to learn more about the wide range of topics, activities, and people of wildlife; and to inspire, empower, and enable wildlife professionals to sustain wildlife populations and habitats through science-based management and conservation.
A proud student chapter of the International Wildlife Society, the club continues to fulfill its mission under the leadership of Devon Barbour, president; Eli Loftis, vice president; Jeffrey Lebo, treasurer; Madysen McCarthy, secretary; and Briana Tovar, event coordinator; with Lisa Shipley as faculty advisor.
A great deal of our activities outside of our twice-monthly meetings include some form of public service, be it our work to remove trash from around the South Fork of the Palouse River in downtown Pullman or our participation in “Animals of the Night” at the Palouse Clearwater Institute in nearby Moscow, Idaho, each October.
Last December, the club visited the Wolf Education and Research Center in Winchester, Idaho, where students received a tour from biologist and sanctuary director Jeremey Heft and assisted in feeding and watering Kuckuc, the female gray wolf housed there. In February, six members assisted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in surveying pygmy rabbit burrows near Ephrata, Washington, and, while they did not see any rabbits in the flesh, they did locate multiple burrows and encountered a wayward snowy owl.
In addition to field experience and public outreach, the club provides seminars on topics ranging from feral horse management in relation to sagebrush steppe habitat to environmental impacts on marine invertebrates. The club’s Mom’s Weekend event is a perennial hit each April.