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Wyandotte High School team, advisors and helpers
Oklahoma’s Envirothon team with support team — Standing, from left, are Kip Whitely (Shirley Hudson’s son); Blake McQueen and Robert Gibbs, Rogers County CD; Luke Coffey, Tyler Burleson and Levi Edens, team members; Keith Owen, Rogers County CD; Hannah Hudson (Shirley’s daughter); Chuck Hudson (Shirley’s husband); Bob Coffey, team advisor. Seated, from left, are Karla Beatty, OCC education coordinator; Kayla Haman and Kaechelle Gideon, team members; Shirley Hudson, team advisor, Ottawa County CD.

Oklahoma Team Competes at Canon Envirothon in Canada

A five-member team from Wyandotte High School competed against 51 other teams from across the U.S. and Canada in the 2006 Canon Envirothon. Organized in cooperation with the National Association of Conservation Districts in the U.S. and the Canadian Forestry Association, the Canon Envirothon tests teams on their knowledge of soil and land use, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife and other natural resources.

The theme of this year’s competition was “Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate,” and focused on the role water plays in our lives now and in the future, and includes aspects such as water quality, supply, use and allocation, and conservation and management. Each team’s knowledge is tested under the supervision of foresters, soil scientists, wildlife specialists and other natural resource professionals. Teamwork, problem solving and presentation skills are evaluated as each team offers a panel of judges an oral presentation containing recommendations for solving a specific challenge.

The Wyandotte team placed 48th overall. The first place team, from Virginia, received a total of $25,000 in Canon scholarships along with photographic equipment for themselves and for their schools/organizations to use in science education. Pennsylvania ($20,000 and equipment) and Texas ($15,000 and equipment) teams placed second and third, respectively. The fourth place team, from California, received $10,000 and equipment. The fifth place team, from Ohio, received $5,000 and equipment.

The Oklahoma team’s trip was sponsored by Ottawa County CD and cosponsored by Rogers County CD, Oklahoma Association of Conservation District Employees, Oklahoma Conservation Commission, and the Cherokee Hills and Cross Timbers RC&Ds. Forty-three conservation districts contributed along with the Oklahoma Farmers Union, Oklahoma Farm Bureau and the Poultry Federation. The 4 Love Of The Game organization donated backpacks for the team.

The weeklong North American environmental education competition was held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. The organizers took advantage of one of Manitoba Province’s premier parks, Bird’s Hill Park, to test students on their field knowledge. The park has been home to two Pan American Games, countless provincial and regional games, and is the permanent home to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The 2007 competition will be held at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, July 29th through August 4th, 2007.

Team members by a large prairie chicken statue Official team photo
The team stopped in Rothsay, the "prairie chicken capital" of Minnesota. The official team photograph, taken with some Canadian citizens.