Student Independent Studies Form

(If you are coming to the station with other people, they must also submit this form.)

When do you plan to be on the property?

(Please park near the Aquatics Facility) (Also: Please drive slow and try not to run over snakes, frogs, toads, squirrels, etc.)

If you plan to collect specimens you must also fill out the CBFS Collecting Permit Application.
Please read the Important Information below.

Important Information

The Center of Biological Field Studies is a part of the Sam Houston State University campus. All Rules and policies that apply to you on campus apply to you here.

Do not disturb the equipment that is in the field that may belong to other researchers.

Please stay clear of bird houses, unless they are clearly labeled “EBH” for Educational Bird House.

As part of our resource management philosophy CBFS is striving to provide access to abundant and diverse populations of fauna and flora. We are also working to protect and encourage populations that are sparse. Please do not collect species which are not obviously abundant. Practice the “Rule of 50”; if there are not at least 50 individuals of the species you wish to collect in the population, do not collect any.

You can help by sharing data and observations. Report number, age class, gender, size and location where found on specimens that are collected. Preserved specimens may be deposited with CBFS once your group is finished with them.

Do not return and/or release live plants or animals into the wild populations without prior permission.

CBFS is a natural area with all of the associated hazards. These include, but are not limited to; hazard trees, poisonous plants, venomous snakes, arthropods that sting and bite, diseased animals, poachers, potentially aggressive large mammals (feral dogs, hogs, etc.), tripping hazards, weather extremes, sharp objects, steep slopes, and flash floods. Dress properly and take appropriate precautions. If you are not confident with your ability to avoid and /or deal with these hazards, please speak with the station manager, Alan Byboth.

Students have lost their way at the field station before. Be certain that you know where you are going and how to get back. Maps and a crash course on how to use them are available at the CBFS office.

No pets, no fires, no fireworks.

Do not kill snakes. Shooting wildlife is prohibited.

CBFS is not the place for sexual acting out and such behavior will not be tolerated. Harassment, hazing, or any other form of disrespect toward any other person is strictly forbidden. If you feel that you are a victim of such acts, do not hesitate to speak up.

If you have any questions or need help with anything while at the field station call or text Alan Byboth at 903.574.4039 or come to the station office, turn left at the stop sign on the driveway and follow it to the old three car garage. The office is attached on the right side.