The Key Largo Woodrat is almost extinct. SCA member Chris Burgess is trying to change that.
Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.
The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern...
Animals & Wildlife, Endangered Species
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Marty Talbot’s conservation credentials are seemingly endless: she’s an award-winning biologist, an accomplished author, and her pioneering research has spanned more than 50 years and 60 countries. Marty is also co-founder of SCA.
Career Success, History
Happy Birthday to the Grandest of All Canyon-Centric Parks!
Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe....
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, History, Parks
6 members of SCA's Massachusetts AmeriCorps Program help Bostonians get out from under 7 ft of snow
The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is...
Climate, Volunteer Opportunities
Where tech & nature intersect, SCA Member Rachelle Hedges sees the future of conservation
I had just witnessed ﬁrst-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come.
SCA Member Sarika Khanwilkar feels inspired after making a Gopher Tortoise's day
I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Forests
Posted by Staff | Monday, February 23, 2015
Growing up in Houston, Stacey Kinney says she only saw ducks on oﬃce park ponds. Now, here she was at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi, netting and banding them by the dozen.
“Getting one of those little silver bands on is not easy,” Stacey declares. “The ducks start...
Animals & Wildlife, Career Success, Diversity, Education, Endangered Species, Wetlands
Steph Jeffries supports SCA because it helps students identify their life's work
Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Education, Forests, Parks, Science, Trails and Hiking
Posted by Staff | Friday, February 13, 2015
Davon Goodwin had already made a range of contributions – and sacrifices – before he joined SCA. An Army veteran, he’d pulled extended tours of Iraq and Afghanistan; in the latter, an improvised explosive device fired shrapnel into his brain and shattered two vertebrae. Davon says recovering from his wounds...
Career Success, Education, Forests, Kids, Wildfires
SCA Intern Marlisa Jemison on Electrofishing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It’s part of a monthly series featuring SCA interns writing about their experiences working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States.
It’s our great pride and...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education
What's it like to be a conservationist working in Geospatial Information Systems? SCA's Rachelle Hedges describes a typical day.
Well, I really left you hanging last time, didn’t I? I got you all excited about GIS and the amazing things it can do, but I never told you what you would do if you worked in GIS. So, what does a day in the life...
Education, Parks, Science
ConSERVE NYC Volunteers Brave Freezing Temperatures to Restore the Harlem River
On February 7th, ﬂurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.
Diversity, Education, Invasives, Kids, Parks
Sarika Khanwilkar Finds Her Niche at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge
Sarika Khanwilkar spends her mornings with a skunk named Mango, and her afternoons watching out for endangered Gopher Tortoises. Learn more about her life as an SCA intern in her first field dispatch from Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge.
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, Parks
Making a Difference with GIS by Rachelle Hedges
In December of 2010 I left a career in advertising to go back to school for a degree in natural resources management. One of the main reasons for making this change, was that I needed a job in which I could work outside. I love being outside. I love hiking....
Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Forests, Parks, Science
Ospreys versus Civic-Minded Citizens
Everyone (that we asked) is in agreement. This year’s superbowl will be decided by which team is more in tune with conservation, nature, and the great outdoors.
Now, obviously you’re thinking, “You guys. One team has a formerly endangered, sea-faring bird as its mascot, while the other has, what? A Revolutionary...
Preserving Ecosystems Through Smartly Deployed Flames
Above: SCA Veterans Fire Corps members Wesley Adams, Benjamin Pattyson, Andrew McFarland, Laren Nowell, Demetric Wade, and Ramon Delgado.
Here we have a photo of one of our Veterans Fire Corps crews all geared up and ready to go for a prescribed burn at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge...
Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, Wildfires
SCA Alum Jessica Wonyee Sanchez on Serving as a Citizen Scientist for MLK Day 2015
This past Monday we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday by participating in the “California King Tides” citizen science project. This event was hosted by Acterra, a Peninsula-based environmental non-profit in the SF Bay Area. We had a great turnout (close to seventy people!), at the East Palo Alto Bay...
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, History, Kids, Parks
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Joins SCA Volunteers to Clean Up the Anacostia River
Despite freezing temperatures, over 450 DC-area residents rallied together at Anacostia Park to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service through a morning of volunteering on the riverfront. Among the volunteers in attendance were special guests Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, and SCA President and CEO Jaime Matyas.
History, Kids, Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Leah Duran, NPS Park Guide & SCA Alum, on Serving in the Wilderness & the City
Leah Duran is a three-time SCA alum who just finished a three-year stint on SCA’s Alumni Council. Soon after serving with SCA she began working for the National Park Service, first at Lassen Volcanic National Park, then at John Muir National Historic Site, and now at San...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Forests, History, Parks, Trails and Hiking
by SCA Member Alyssa Stegmaier
This post was written for Open Spaces, the oﬃcial blog of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
Animals & Wildlife, Education, Kids, Parks, Wetlands