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.

Alligator tagging; these two words contain a mix of emotions as they ring in my ear. Fear, excitement, anxiety, insane, crazy… I had never even seen an alligator until this summer, and now I have the opportunity to catch them in their own territory!? Crazy.

A couple nights ago, I actually partook in this adventure.

Alligator tagging; these two words contain a mix of emotions as they ring in my ear. Fear, excitement, anxiety, insane, crazy… I had never even seen an alligator until this summer, and now I have the opportunity to catch them in their own territory!? Crazy.

A couple nights ago, I actually partook in this adventure.

Here’s a video of our crew meeting for the first time at the airport. Hopefully, it’ll give you a sense of how a handful of young strangers can quickly become an essential support network for each other. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

Here’s a video of our crew meeting for the first time at the airport. Hopefully, it’ll give you a sense of how a handful of young strangers can quickly become an essential support network for each other. Looking forward to the summer ahead!

A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks. The Piping Plover chick watches ended July 11th so now we just do routine checks on them every day. They seem to have done well this year with around 25 chicks on our three beaches. They are still as cute as ever but are getting to be pretty big. Seven on Crescent Beach have already fledged.

A lot has happened in the past 2 weeks. The Piping Plover chick watches ended July 11th so now we just do routine checks on them every day. They seem to have done well this year with around 25 chicks on our three beaches. They are still as cute as ever but are getting to be pretty big. Seven on Crescent Beach have already fledged.

Greetings from Manning Park British Columbia!

We started our journey in Marblemount, WA where we toured the North Cascades National Park communications center and Wilderness Information Center. We then began the approximately 3 hour drive to British Columbia. The Canadian border guards must not have been in a good mood as we were stuck at the border for almost half an hour.

We’re officially done with brood surveys. As much as I enjoyed them, I must admit that I’m happy about NOT waking up at 3 AM every day. That was getting a bit rough, especially since we woke up for two days in a row at the beginning of the week only to have it canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

Brood surveys really made me feel independent though.

We’re officially done with brood surveys. As much as I enjoyed them, I must admit that I’m happy about NOT waking up at 3 AM every day. That was getting a bit rough, especially since we woke up for two days in a row at the beginning of the week only to have it canceled due to adverse weather conditions.

Brood surveys really made me feel independent though.

Next to one of the refuge visitor’s centers, of which there are two, were many patches of crown vetch and leafy spurge. Both of these are invasive species the refuge is trying to eradicate.

Next to one of the refuge visitor’s centers, of which there are two, were many patches of crown vetch and leafy spurge. Both of these are invasive species the refuge is trying to eradicate.

Hi all! My name is Hodge and I am a Crew Leader at Valley Forge National Historic Park in Pennsylvania. I am currently at home getting some last minute packing done for my trip up to PA on Friday. I cannot wait to finally meet with my co-leader and cover all of our pre-program logistics before the crew arrives Wed, July 20th.

Time has absolutely flown by. I cannot believe that I have little over a month left with my internship. I swear I just got out of orientation. I was so nervous leaving home to go to the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.

Needless to say, orientation was a blast. I met so many new people and learned so many neat things.

Time has absolutely flown by. I cannot believe that I have little over a month left with my internship. I swear I just got out of orientation. I was so nervous leaving home to go to the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia.

Needless to say, orientation was a blast. I met so many new people and learned so many neat things.

Here we are the SCA International Crew, working on parks in British Columbia and Washington state. Our first blog will be an introduction to our crew.

Here we are the SCA International Crew, working on parks in British Columbia and Washington state. Our first blog will be an introduction to our crew.

The taller buildings of St. Cloud are replaced by warehouses, then sheds and barns as the bus plugs on towards the Pothole Prairie region of western Minnesota. The trees, broad, bright and bushy from the near-solstice days, are interspersed by ponds and meadows.

The taller buildings of St. Cloud are replaced by warehouses, then sheds and barns as the bus plugs on towards the Pothole Prairie region of western Minnesota. The trees, broad, bright and bushy from the near-solstice days, are interspersed by ponds and meadows.

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.

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.

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