The SCA has long been a part of my life. My journey began in 2008 as a crew member on a national high school conservation crew in Denali National Park and Preserve where we rerouted an old hiking trail. Every year since that first crew, I have been involved with the SCA performing trail work in places all over the nation from California to Pennsylvania. However, I decided to take a break from the SCA after graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in May of 2012. This past summer, I’ve been working with the Institute for Bird Populations as a bird bander to monitor avian productivity and survivorship in southern Indiana. The SCA’s allure couldn’t keep me away for too long though. I’m back and excited to take part in restoration efforts in the desert; a place I have not yet visited. I’m also thrilled to once again be a part of the SCA community.