Follow Me: SCA member blogs from the field

Follow Me is the place to read field dispatches from SCA members serving the planet all over the USA.

We’ve been doing a lot more more forest inventory. Last week, Becky the Biotec told me and the other two interns at the dorms that we would be working near Rapids Lake. We usually learn what we are doing the morning of because there has been a lot of flooding this summer.

So my first official night was a success, but I’m not going to lie, I was a little scared. A thunderstorm rolled in around 1:30AM and took the power out for a couple of minutes.The entire bunkhouse was pitch black. On the brighter side, I should be able to conquer my fear of the dark this summer!I am in Lake Charles now, looking around and taking in everything Louisianan.

So my first official night was a success, but I’m not going to lie, I was a little scared. A thunderstorm rolled in around 1:30AM and took the power out for a couple of minutes.The entire bunkhouse was pitch black. On the brighter side, I should be able to conquer my fear of the dark this summer!I am in Lake Charles now, looking around and taking in everything Louisianan.

Howdy! My name is Kayla Morain and I am a Visitor Services intern stationed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex! Cameron Prairie is just one of the four refuges here in Southwest Louisiana.

Howdy! My name is Kayla Morain and I am a Visitor Services intern stationed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, part of the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex! Cameron Prairie is just one of the four refuges here in Southwest Louisiana.

Hi, my name’s Alexis and I’ve been stationed at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve been doing Reed Canary Grass surveys and forest inventory for about a month now. In the Reed Canary Grass survey we go to meadows infested with Reed Canary Grass-an invasive species-and compare different treatment methods for getting rid of it.

Hi, my name’s Alexis and I’ve been stationed at Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. I’ve been doing Reed Canary Grass surveys and forest inventory for about a month now. In the Reed Canary Grass survey we go to meadows infested with Reed Canary Grass-an invasive species-and compare different treatment methods for getting rid of it.

I guess I forgot to mention in my first post a little bit about myself. I am twenty years old and a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. I am an Environmental Studies major with a double minor in Geoscience and Latin American Studies. I play Division III tennis for William Smith.

I guess I forgot to mention in my first post a little bit about myself. I am twenty years old and a senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY. I am an Environmental Studies major with a double minor in Geoscience and Latin American Studies. I play Division III tennis for William Smith.

Before I begin explaining my most recent adventures, let me tell you who I am and what I’m doing this summer. I’m a rising junior in college and this summer is the first time I’ve ever done any sort of field work. The last biology class I took was three years ago in high school. My most fundamental plan for this summer is to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible.

Before I begin explaining my most recent adventures, let me tell you who I am and what I’m doing this summer. I’m a rising junior in college and this summer is the first time I’ve ever done any sort of field work. The last biology class I took was three years ago in high school. My most fundamental plan for this summer is to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible.

Today marks almost a month since the start of my internship at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge (RCNWR) in Wells, Maine. Let me tell you, it has been an amazing month. From the first day, the staff has not only been kind and generous but funny, open, and fully committed to making every day better than the one before.

Today marks almost a month since the start of my internship at Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge (RCNWR) in Wells, Maine. Let me tell you, it has been an amazing month. From the first day, the staff has not only been kind and generous but funny, open, and fully committed to making every day better than the one before.

After completing a year of AmeriCorps in New Hampshire, I came to work on staff at SCA headquarters and fell in love with the organization, its mission, and the amazing people that are involved with SCA. Now I’m a graduate student working on my Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management at Baruch College in Manhattan.

I became an SCA intern at the beginning of the summer with the charge of assessing the invasive lionfish population in Biscayne National Park. Lionfish are quickly taking over coral reefs in the Caribbean, eating as many tiny fish and invertebrates as possible – including commercially important juvenile fish (the ones that provide people with a living and food).

In 4 weeks, we built a bridge and ten steps, cleaned up three miles of trail, rerouted a section that was crumbling into the bayou, survived a two-week heat wave of 110+ F degree days, formed a great connection with a new SCA agency partner, survived poisonous snakes and spiders, mosquitoes, chiggers, scorpions, wild boars…shepherded 8 teenagers, some of whom had never camped before and most of

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