How Your Gift Can Help
Contributing to the Roosevelt Wild Life Station endowment campaign for wildlife conservation gives you an opportunity to support the Station's ambitious programs that, when realized, will have a real impact on our ability to deliver the science that will form the basis of well-reasoned management decisions. Our goals are far reaching:
Expand Research and Education
Adding more faculty members would dramatically increase our capacity to deliver a cutting-edge research and education program through the Roosevelt Wild Life Station. Adding key faculty through endowed chairs would enrich the educational experience for ESF students and research opportunities for ESF faculty.
Enhance the Student Experience
A summer immersion experience would engage future professionals in the range of wildlife management issues in the northeastern United States, such as wildlife smuggling and habitat restoration in urbanized New York City; crop damage, game and habitat management in agricultural Central New York; and the monitoring of elusive wildlife in the Adirondack Park wilderness.
A structured mentoring program would link incoming students with experienced students, faculty and professionals to help guide professional development and ensure job placement.
Our partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now provides professional experiences to 30 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Expanding this program to include non-governmental organizations, federal agencies and Native American governments is essential to connect students to an array of careers in the wildlife profession.
Enrich Graduate Education
ESF graduate students will have an elite education that combines a dual-degree program combining an M.S. or Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management at ESF with a Masters of Public Administration from the top-rated Maxwell School of Syracuse University. Fellowships will pro- vide tuition, stipends and modest research support then culminate in a professional internship with a regional, state, federal or non-governmental organization tasked with wildlife conservation. Awards will be prioritized to help increase diversity within the wildlife-related professions.
Increase Professional Development
With more faculty we can offer a professional workshop series to provide world-class training aimed at augmenting and updating the skills of agency professionals in the collection, analysis and communication of the science of conservation.
Encourage Public Involvement
Communicating conservation research to the public has always been an important element of the Roosevelt Wild Life Station. To engage the public effectively today requires coverage by local and national media, up-to-date web content, “citizen science” opportunities and public displays. In addition to developing the public’s understanding of our work, this outreach effort provides import- ant opportunities for students to practice effective communication of conservation science.