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Since 1935, the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife has upheld its mission to conserve natural resources through impactful research, education, and outreach programs.
Our undergraduates are making a difference by learning about and putting into practice the conservation of biodiversity, management of fish and wildlife, and protection of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine habitats through a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences.
We educate our students to think critically and evaluate problems from a strong background in basic and applied science, fundamental ecological principles, and consideration of social influences on conservation. We strive to help our students succeed through a rich program of field and laboratory coursework and personal advising.
Living in Oregon means sometimes interacting with the state's abundant wildlife. OSU Extension - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife provides education programs, products, and knowledge related to conservation and management of Oregon’s fisheries and wildlife species and their habitats. Wildlife Extension provides information via presentations within programs such as Master Gardener training, via published products, and other programming. Fisheries Extension provides the public with information on fish, fisheries, aquatic habitat and watershed related issues in the State of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.
What should you do if you see a sick or injured animal? Call Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (1-800-720-ODFW), Oregon State Police or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator before picking up or moving any wildlife.
More information and help can be found through the following resources:
The ELY Program is led by OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Department in partnership with the 4-H Outreach Leadership Institute and local non-profits with an emphasis on watershed stewardship and natural resources careers. The ELY Program is designed for underserved high school youth in the Willamette Valley while increasing the diversity, equity and inclusion capacity of local environmental non-profits.
Learn more at the ELY website.
Join a group of Oregon State and Palauan students, and our very own Scott Heppell, as they take us through two weeks of exploration of natural resources on small islands, and how both communities and ecosystems can be resilient with the right management approaches.
Chris Branam went out into the wilderness with a group of graduate students, and Andrew Olsen showed him how to trick grouse into staying put so that they could catch and tag them. Turns out he's not so bad at it.
Mangroves are trees and shrubs that grow in coastal waters across the tropics and subtropics. They are most easily recognised by their tall protruding roots, which they use to anchor themselves against incoming tides.
The mating ritual of the Nassau grouper is an attention-grabber. Every year, prompted by a winter full moon, these normally solitary fish amass in the same spot. After a few days, their color pattern darkens to signal readiness and the...
The Interior Department’s proposal to allow Alaskan hunters to sh...
Passengers aboard a boat in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf were treated to a rare sighting of a little-understood whale on a clear blue day earlier this week.
On Tuesday morning, 40 eager voyagers struck wildlife gold when a pygmy bl...