David E. Samuel

Wildlife Knowledge and Attitudes of Public School Teachers

A questionnaire was administered to 312 public school teachers and seniors in education who were taking courses in West Virginia colleges. Attitude toward hunting was listed as strong disapproval (16 percent), mild disapproval (21 percent), undecided (17 percent), mild approval (33 percent), and strong approval (12 percent). Attitudes and knowledge were often related to basic attitude toward hunting, and those who favored hunting usually answered questions correctly in greater numbers than those who disapproved. Chi-square tests of independence were applied to the results. The results...

The Conservanon Officers' Role in Hunter, Nonhunter Education

The increasing antihunting controversy and a lack of understanding of nature may some day curtail effective management programs, even in "nonurbanized" states. Law Enforcement Officers should play an ever-increasing educators role as citizens show increased interest in wildlife. My purpose is to present ideas, statements and action programs concerning antihunting which the Officer can use in his day-to-day tasks. Specific attention will be given to ideas for use by an individual Officer when meeting with either groups or individuals; both hunters and nonhunters.

Monitoring Woodcock Singing Sites Through Sonagrams

The main objective of this project was to determine if sonagrams could be used to assess the number of different birds using a single woodcock singing ground. Earlier work showed that individual male woodcock could be distinguished by their peent call. Weather permitting, two singing sites near Morgantown, West Virginia, were monitored every other day from April 3-28, 1972. Birds using the sites were recorded and voice prints (sonagrams) were made of the peent call. "T' test comparisons of frequency and width of the peent sonagram showed only one bird using each site. However, one bird was...