Thank you to everyone that participated in Dam Proud Day! 

We raised $5,320 during the event!

This is a substantial chunk of our $30,000 departmental commitment to the program, so thank you very much! We will be sharing updates from our 2024 VIEW Fellowship Cohort throughout the summer on our social media accounts, so make sure you give us a follow. 

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Dr. Erin Peterson Internship Award in Fisheries, Wildlife, & Conservation Sciences

Erin Peterson graduated from our program with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2014. She went on to earn  M.S. and Ph.D. degrees before becoming a fisheries biologist in the State of Washington. Erin lost her life in the line of duty in 2023 doing what she loved. She is remembered by FWCS faculty and staff as one of the most talented, promising, and self-motivated undergraduate scholars to have called our department home.  Though she excelled in the classroom, she shone most brightly when actively pursuing research. Her name greatly honors this new endowment, which will provide new generations of scholars the opportunity to experience active research through internship opportunities and chart their own courses, much as Erin did before them.

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Undergraduate Programs

Our undergraduates are making a difference by learning about and putting into practice the conservation of biodiversity, management of fish and wildlife, and protection of terrestrial, aquatic, and marine habitats through a degree in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences.

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Graduate Programs

We educate our students to think critically and evaluate problems from a strong background in basic and applied science, fundamental ecological principles, and consideration of social influences on conservation. We strive to help our students succeed through a rich program of field and laboratory coursework and personal advising.

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Help with Wildlife, Fish, and Fisheries

Living in Oregon means sometimes interacting with the state's abundant wildlife. OSU Extension - Department of Fisheries and Wildlife provides education programs, products, and knowledge related to conservation and management of Oregon’s fisheries and wildlife species and their habitats. Wildlife Extension provides information via presentations within programs such as Master Gardener training, via published products, and other programming. Fisheries Extension provides the public with information on fish, fisheries, aquatic habitat and watershed related issues in the State of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

What should you do if you see a sick or injured animal? Call Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (1-800-720-ODFW), Oregon State Police or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator before picking up or moving any wildlife.  

More information and help can be found through the following resources:

Fisheries and Wildlife research map

Faculty in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife are currently conducting research on a diverse array of topics in North America, as well as internationally. Want to see where?

Our Students

Maizy Kesterson | Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences | Medford, OR | Junior

College of Agriculture Sciences Ambassador

I am the first person in my family to attend a large university and pursue a bachelors degree. My mom previously received her associates degree from community college in order to work as a medical assistant in a pediatric clinic.

“The key to a successful experience here is authenticity.”

Jonathan Lopez-Valadez


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