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History of the North Carolina Unit

1967: Dr. Eugene Hester, North Carolina Cooperative Fishery Unit Leader, examines some eggs from a wood duck nest which he established at Tarpley's millpond near Wendell. Graduate student Dan Benfield, son of the Rev. and Mrs. W.H. Benfield of Rt. 1, Cleveland, is holding the boat steady. Dr. Hester and graduate students in zoology have established nests which hatch about 1,200 baby wood ducks each year in 11 study areas in Wake and Johnston Counties.<br />

The North Carolina Cooperative Fishery Research Unit was established in 1962, and it was expanded to a combined Fish and Wildlife Unit in 1988. Administration of Cooperative Research Units was under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until 1993, when the National Biological Service was formed. Currently, the Cooperative Research Unit program is administered within the Ecosystems Science division of U.S. Geological Survey.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 2

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 19

Scientific Publications: 80

Presentations: 116


North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute