TWRA seeks survey help

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Scott Somershoe, ornithologist for The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has announced the agency is looking for bald eagle nests across Tennessee in 2011.

TWRA, in partner with other government agencies and private citizens, have been monitoring bald eagle nests across the state for many years; however there are gaps in monitoring as birds have moved nests and many new nests are appearing annually. 

Somershoe says it is the aim to conduct a complete inventory of eagle nests in the state in 2011. The goal of the project is to document all active nesting locations in the state as part of a comprehensive nest monitoring program to estimate population size and growth for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. 

New eagle nests are showing up across the state, including one within the city limits of Franklin, and there are many other nests that may have been around for years that are not included in the statewide database.  If you have any questions or know of any bald eagle nests, please contact Somershoe at (615) 781-6653 or  e-mail to scott.somershoe@tn.gov.


TWRA seeks public input for hunting 



The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is soliciting comments for its 2011-12 hunting seasons’ regulations.  This is an opportunity for the public to share ideas and concerns about hunting regulations with TWRA staff. 

Public comments will be considered by TWRA’s Wildlife Division staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes.  Comments may be submitted by mail to: 2011-12 Hunting Season Comments, TWRA, Wildlife Management Division, P.O. 40747, Nashville, TN 37204 or e-mailed to twra.comment@tn.gov. Please include “Hunting Season Comments” on the subject line of e-mailed submissions.  

The comment period concerning the 2011-12 hunting season regulations will be open until Feb. 24.



approaching for wildlife 



The deadline is around the corner for submitting entries for the 2011-12 photo contest for the Tennessee Wildlife magazine.  All interested photographers are invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to the Volunteer State, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee.

Interested photographers should please note that March 5 is this year’s entry deadline.

The photos will be reviewed for publication in the annual calendar edition of Tennessee Wildlife Magazine. If a photo is selected for the calendar edition, the photographer will receive a cash stipend of $60.

The format is horizontal digital images on disc. Only digital images in JPEG format and of high resolution (300 dpi) sized as an 8 ½ x11 will be accepted.

 Each disc submitted must have the name of the photographer, address and telephone number. No prints can be accepted. (Sorry, discs cannot be returned).

 Entries can be mailed to: Tennessee Wildlife Magazine Calendar Issue, P.O. Box 40747, Nashville, TN 37204.