Turtle Conservation isn’t all starlit, beachside fun and games folks. In fact a good chunk of the work I do keeping sea turtles off the extinction list happens inside the library of Canaveral National Seashore headquarters. In order to prove that sea turtle conservation is working and worthwhile, we need to document every single turtle event on the beach, from nesting to standing. It’s not as easy as opening up a tablet and inputting all the information on a spreadsheet, right there on the beach. First off it...Read more
The next generation of Denali’s wilderness protectors has arrived!
This past week, the kennels became a whir of activity preparing for – and ﬁnally, celebrating – the arrival of Sylvie’s due date. Late at night on August 9th Sylvie
What good can I do? I’m only one person in my twenties. What can I do when the environmental crisis is so big and the obstacles so large? Multinationals make billions of dollars causing damage to the environment and billions of people use their products. I have $5.25 and my SCA payment card in my wallet. There are other people like me that care about the environment, right? Are they enough? Is this SCA internship going to contribute to something that lasts or is this just a gloriﬁed summer camp experience that I write off as being part of my “formative years”...Read more
Stay up to date on Denali’s sled dog puppy situation with Marinell’s latest blog post.
Growing up on a busy thoroughfare in Baton Rouge, Marinell Chandler preferred indoors and air-conditioning to the “grossly moist” heat of her hometown. Her perceptions of the great outdoors began to change when she learned more about the workings of nature in a high school environmental science class. College in the Blue Ridge Mountains further shifted her view, and an SCA internship in Alaska left...Read more
I would say a lot has happened in the past week, but really something different happens every day. No two service days are the same, and we are eating it up more than the mosquitoes are eating us up (which is a considerable amount; they don’t call it Mosquito Lagoon for nothing).
Turtle run mornings...Read more
People have always told to me to pursue my passions, and that if you love your job it will feel like you’ve never worked a day in your life. I am an active person who loves the outdoors, and I am uber passionate about the natural world. When presented with the opportunity to spend my ﬁrst post-collegiate summer outdoors and on the beach as a Herpetology Intern at Canaveral National Seashore, how could I refuse? The only downside is that Caroline (my teammate) and I have to be at work at 4am on...Read more
Before you can tag an owlet, you have to ﬁnd one. How does one go about locating a tiny, nest-bound baby owl in the midst of an enormous forest?
SCA Photo Media Intern Emily Brouwer found out recently when she got to accompany a team of NPS ﬁeld biologists on an owlet tagging expedition at Mt. Rainier National Park. Lucky for us, she brought her camera along and came back with some pretty spectacular ...Read more
We tried several times, but failed every single time. There always seemed to be something faulty in our technique or our positioning. During one of the ﬁrst attempts, the people on the base layer were spaced too wide apart and we couldn’t stay stable. Another time, most of us were having trouble carrying the weight, so we never made it past the second level. Despite our unfaltering efforts, we didn’t succeed. I and my friends returned home from Governors Island disappointed in ourselves for failing to build a stable human pyramid.