APT series showcases Auburn’s wildlife research May 6

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As part of Alabama Public Television’s ongoing “Spotlight on Agriculture” documentary series, the network will air the episode on “Wildlife” Monday, May 6, at 9 p.m. C.T.  “Wildlife” is the second episode in a trilogy series focused on Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences research and the importance of forestry, wildlife and natural resources to the state’s economy and quality of life.

Through a series of interviews, the “Wildlife” episode will examine Auburn’s wildlife research and partnerships with landowners, agencies and other stakeholders to aid the development of policies that will assure healthy and sustainable game and non-game wildlife populations and their habitats.

“We are pleased to share how the research of the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is helping to protect Alabama's populations of deer, turkey, black bears and other species, and providing vital information to state agencies and the outdoor industry,” said Roy Clem, executive director of Alabama Public Television.

The episode will also discuss the complex relationships between land use, climate change and population growth that alter the health-related interactions among people, animals and the environment that contribute to the presence of diseases such as rabies, Lyme disease and the West Nile and Zika viruses.

The final episode in the trilogy, “Environment and Society,” anticipated to air later this year, will discuss Auburn’s research to examine the relationships between humans and the environment as they relate to economics, policies and other organizational aspects of society.

“We are grateful to Alabama Public Television and the many organizations who participated in the series to showcase how Auburn’s faculty and students are working to sustainably manage Alabama's natural treasures,” said Janaki Alavalapati, dean of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

Visit APT’s website for broadcast details at http://www.aptv.org/episodes/1954318/Spotlight-On-Agriculture/Forestry-2/.

A preview can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=347560659231154.

(Written by Jamie Anderson, Auburn University)

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