The Spalding County 4-H Wildlife Judging Team competed in the State Wildlife Judging Contest on October 20th at Camp Fortson. Coach Alexa Robinson and four senior 4-H’ers, Bailey Champion, Jacob Hayes, Hope Stewart and Elyce Wages, competed as a team and won 2nd place. Alyssa Laud competed as an individual and won highest individual, which means that she has earned her second Master status in 4-H! She had the highest overall score of the entire contest. Sarah Martin competed as an individual Junior in her first state contest and scored in the top 4 in Wildlife Identification and 13th highest individual out of 50.
Wildlife Judging is a team competition offered by 4-H. 4-H’ers learn all about habitats, ecosystems, wildlife management practices and animal facts in practice and then must use their knowledge to identify wildlife species, apply wildlife management practices to a given scenario for a given animal, write a full Wildlife Management Plan for a set of animals and complete a wildlife knowledge test. It is a very difficult contest and challenges students to not only have knowledge about the animals needs and habitat but how to change that habitat to better support a healthy wildlife population. The team that wins first place will go on to compete in the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program. www.whep.org