School of Agriculture


Natural Resources


Wildlife Identification

Contest Description and Objectives
The wildlife exam is to enhance student's confidence and ability to identify some of the more common animals and insects found in New York State. Students will be tested on their knowledge to recognize animals by their distinguishing and sometimes subtle characteristics that differentiate them from one another. The exam will consist of taxidermy & preserved specimens, photos, skulls & study skins, and natural history descriptions of insects and animals. The test will be compiled from the following categories: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles & Amphibians, Fish, and Insects. Each student will have an opportunity to select their answers from a list containing thirty possible choices from each of the five categories. The test will consist of twenty-five stations worth four points each.
Pre-Contest Preparation

Students can prepare for the test by studying the Peterson Field Guide Series, the Audubon Field Guides, the Golden Guide Series, NYS Conservationist Magazine, McClane's Field Guide To Freshwater Fishes of North America, & The Complete Guide to North American Wildlife.

Additional references include the following Internet sites:

Please contact Tom Coe if you should experience difficulty in downloading any of the above sites.

Team Composition
3 Teams per school, 2 students per team. Team score is sum of individual scores.

Contest Rules

1. Students will work alone and not converse with others taking the test.
2. Students are to bring their own #2 pencil.
3. No outside papers, books, notes, or other materials are allowed.
4. Students will be allotted an adequate period of time to complete the test.
5. Students will be allowed to revisit stations to check their answers. No more than one person per station.
6. Students are to select the "best" possible answer to each question and record it on their answer sheet.
7. Students will write their answers on the answer sheet provided.

Location and Starting Time(s)

Charlton Hall 109 any time between 10:30 and 11:30

Wildlife List containing thirty possible choices.
Sample Wildlife Identification Answer Sheet
High Team - Certificate
High Individual - Certificate and Scholarship
Second High Individual - Certificate

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