April 08, 2004

Student chapter of Wildlife Society plans outdoor feast

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- If you're game for an outdoor feast featuring wildlife delicacies, mark your calendar for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Giant City State Park -- just follow the signs to outdoor shelter No. 3. Tickets are only $5.

For that amazingly low price, college-age conservationists-turned-chefs will serve up such delectables as venison, pheasant, duck, goose and some even more rare game, plus plenty of side dishes.

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale student chapter of The Wildlife Society is putting on the dinner to raise money for official club activities.

Tickets will be available at the door. But the cooks ask that you make a reservation by phone or e-mail to give them an idea of how much food to prepare. Reserve your space today by sending e-mail to Teresa Gisburne at giz53100@yahoo.com or by calling the club's faculty sponsor, Michael W. Eichholz at 618/453-6951.

Be sure to dress for the weather.

In addition to dinner, a pair of auctions -- one silent and the other live -- will take place immediately after the meal. Up for bid will be Saluki apparel and other paraphernalia along with gift certificates to area restaurants and retail stores.

"Proceeds from the event will be used to support student activities, such as attending professional meetings, assisting in the restoration of local wildlife habitats and conducting wildlife monitoring to determine the impact of habitat restoration on wildlife populations," explains Eichholz, also an assistant professor of zoology with the SIUC Cooperative Wildlife Research Laboratory.

An affiliate of the national society of professional biologists, the SIUC student group is made up of collegians studying to become wildlife biologists and conservationists.

Engaging the whole student is among the goals of Southern@150, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2019.