Thursday, June 12, 2014  
Saving the prairie chicken | WBGU garners Emmys
BGSU student Sam Rubadue holds a prairie chicken. Behind him is Reid Plumb of the USGS Kansas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.

SAVING THE PRAIRIE CHICKEN
GREGORY AND STUDENTS STUDY HABITAT

Monitoring sound levels at a pumping station
Research being conducted by a BGSU environmental science faculty member could someday benefit the Lesser Prairie-Chicken, which was recently listed as an endangered species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

In April, Dr. Andrew Gregory, School of Earth, Environment and Society, and three of his students traveled to Gove County, Kansas, where they trapped 80 prairie chickens, collected DNA samples and hung GPS backpacks on the birds before releasing them back into the wild. Gregory is working with Kansas Wildlife Parks and Tourism and the U.S. Geologic Survey Kansas State University Cooperative Extension Unit, on a study to see how energy development impacts wildlife populations.

"For many years we have noted avoidance of pumping stations by Lesser Prairie-Chickens. While many theories exist, we have never truly been able to understand why," Gregory said.

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WBGU-TV TAKES HOME TWO REGIONAL EMMY AWARDS

WBGU-TV walked away with two statues June 7 at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy Awards for the Lower Great Lakes Chapter. The ceremony was held in Cleveland.

Producer Tom Zapiecki won for his research work on "Made in America: The Lima Locomotive Works" and Producer/Director/Editor Kevin Morrissey received an award in the Student: Arts and Entertainment/Cultural Affairs category for his work on the "Scenic Stops" featuring Toledo hip-hop artists S.S.T.R.E.S. and Mighty Wyte.

"Great moments like this wouldn't be possible without the hard work and support of every single staff member and student workers at the station," said Tony Short, general manager. "It's an honor to work in the company of such talented and accomplished staff."


OBITUARIES
Julie Pontasch, 57, died May 31 in Ann Arbor, Mich. A 1979 BGSU alumna, she worked in the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs from 2004-11 in the area of gift planning. A memorial service will be held July 27 at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio.

IN BRIEF

• The whole family can enjoy the light-hearted "Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music" June 21 in the Donnell Theatre. Learn more.
• Family Campaign nears the June 30 finish line. If you haven't made your contribution to help support BGSU students and programs, now's the time.
• Troy Spikes is now the Logistics Center operations manager.

Get details In Brief.