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Wildlife Study Guide


Students are expected to:

  • Identify wildlife species that are common in Ohio ecosystems

  • Use a taxonomic key to identify wildlife species

  • Describe how a given organism is adapted for survival in its particular environment

  • Describe how energy flows through ecosystems

  • Discuss the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in food chains/webs and give examples

  • Define and give examples of these types of symbiotic relationships: parasitism, commensalism, mutualism

  • Distinguish between native species and invasive species

  • Distinguish among endangered, threatened, and extirpated Ohio species and describe methods that could be used to improve their status

  • Identify factors affecting population size and population growth

  • Discuss the effect of limiting factors in controlling population size and give examples

  • Discuss the significance and life cycles of major insect pollinators, as well as some of the problems their populations are facing

  • Identify some diseases that are currently affecting Ohio wildlife

  • Discuss practices that governmental agencies and the public can employ to conserve and protect wildlife

  • Identify significant governmental laws, policies and acts that have been passed to protect endangered and threatened species

Study Guide 2024

The study references listed are not an exhaustive list of sources from which test questions are drawn.  Students are expected to research other sources for more information according to the learning objectives.

During the contest, test questions will be split between knowledge and skills. 


“Why Mute Swans are a Problem” brochure 

Milkweeds & Monarchs

Pages 5 and 10

Ohio Hunting & Trapping Regulations 2023-24

Page 4, 13, 23

“Hit the Trail for Bluebirds” brochure

The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation” 

Establishing Early Successional Habitat for Wildlife” 

Page 1 and 2 

Amphibians of Ohio

Page 6, 7, 9

Mammals of Ohio

Page 5, 40, 42, 75

Reptiles of Ohio

Page 47 and 48

Ohio Fishing Regulations 2023-24

Page 5

Waterbirds of Ohio

Page 76

Injured or Orphaned Wildlife What You Need to Know” brochure

Trees of Ohio

Page 5


Sportfish of Ohio

Page 45

Invasive Alien Species” brochure

Page 2


Videos From Camp Canopy (Also provided on Forestry Study Guide)

Includes videos such as bats of Ohio and skull ID

Skulls Talk PW

Page 29

Print Study Guide


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To aid in studying. old tests are provided:


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