AUBURN, Ala.–The Winston County 4-H Wildlife senior team recently won the annual Alabama Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) Contest. The team will also represent Alabama in the upcoming National WHEP Contest in Winter Harbor, Maine, July 22-25.
Members of the team include Tommy Lee Daniel, Ethan Smith, Suzie Feist and Destiny Walker. The team is coached by Wendy Daniel, an Alabama 4-H volunteer, and Kerri Roberts, the Alabama 4-H Foundation regional Extension agent in Winston County.
“Winter Harbor is a 24-hour drive by car, so the team will be flying part way into Boston and driving the rest of the way to explore the Northeast,” said Roberts. “Two team members have never flown so they will be in for a real experience.”
Alabama youth work hard to prepare for the contests. Events require rigorous study in plant succession, species richness and diversity, communities and ecosystems, habitat requirements and also pond dynamics, among other topics.
Senior teams from Cullman and Covington counties placed second and third, respectively. In the junior division, WHEP teams from Cullman, Walker, Morgan and Lee counties also placed first through fourth, respectively.
“We are excited to represent Alabama at nationals and hope to compete well,” said Roberts.
WHEP is a hands-on natural resources program that teaches wildlife and fisheries management. The state contest helps Alabama youth foster an appreciation for Alabama’s natural habitats.
Pictured from left are Tommy Lee Daniel, Ethan Smith, Suzie Feist and Destiny Walker.