Another Feather in Their Caps
(Above: Members of
the 2003 4-H Wildlife Judging National Championship Team, left to
right, Coach Jan Greene, Traci Beams, Lisa Shaw, Amy Farnsworth, Lisa
Greene, and Coach Wayne Ford.)
Auburn, August 4, 2003 ---
Three members of the 2002 National 4-H Forestry Judging Team were
wearing new hats as members of the Alabama 4-H Wildlife Judging Team
left New Mexico last month sporting freshly won feathers in those
In one of the closest competitions on record, the team members – Lisa
Shaw, Kate Greene, and Amy Farnsworth and newcomer Traci Beams –
squeaked past Virginia with only a fraction of a point to win the 2003
4-H Wildlife Habitat Invitational, held in Las Cruces, N.M.
Along with Alabama and Virginia, the other top 10 states included
Georgia, Texas, Tennessee, Colorado, Oklahoma, Idaho, Missouri and
Adding even more luster to the championship was the fact that all four
team members – Beams, Shaw, Farnsworth and Greene respectively –
posted the top four individual scores but with only a half-point
difference among them, according to team coach Wayne Ford, Tuscaloosa
County Extension coordinator
Longtime 4-H volunteer Jan Greene also assisted with coaching.
To compete in the National 4-H wildlife habitat evaluation, team
members must learn how to manage a habitat for various wildlife
species. They also must evaluate a habitat based on aerial
photographs and provide an oral defense of this evaluation.
They are also required to write rural and urban management plans to
serve the needs of various wildlife species.
If this isn’t challenging enough, team members must also learn how to
manage animals native to the region in which the national competition
is held. This year, the four team members endured the sweltering heat
of a New Mexico desert long enough to receive a crash course in
management of various species not native to Alabama, such as mule
deer, desert cottontail rabbits, Gambel’s quails and white-wing
This marks the seventh time Ford has accompanied teams to wildlife
judging national competition. And he has much to show for the effort
– four national championships and two reserve championships. In five
of those events, he has also coached the competition’s top scorer.
Ford also has coached seven 4-H forestry judging national championship
(Source: Wayne Ford, Tuscaloosa County Extension
in MS Word