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Mikayla House

Mikayla House

Mikayla House

Texas A&M University - Kingsville

Year Received: 2018

Masters of Science in Range and Wildlife Management

Modeling Foraging Habitat for Shorebirds in the Laguna Madre of South Texas

 I was raised in South Texas where I regularly helped my family with odd jobs around our family property. It was on that ranch where my interest in the outdoors first peaked while feeding cattle, learning to fish, and eventually learning to hunt. From there my love for the outdoors has only grown. I received a Bachelors in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. From there I went on to coordinate the K-12 education program at the Welder Wildlife Foundation. During my time in that position I learned that I have a passion for wildlife outreach and education.

I decided a Master’s degree would better prepare me to communicate the importance of wildlife conservation to the people of Texas, so I began a Master’s degree at Texas A&M University- Kingsville. My project is focused on creating a model that will predict shorebird foraging habitat in the Laguna Madre during migration. The model will be created through combining collected data with publicly available geospatial data sets which will provide managers with the information necessary to make decisions about the future of shorebird conservation in the area.

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