While loading the hard hats into our van at Floyd Bennett Field, I heard someone ask, “Why are we taking these hats with us to the ceremony?” Someone behind me replied, “Maybe these are our graduation caps.” And it was then that it dawned on me: there would be no going back to work on Monday, there would be no packing up lunch, there would be no waking up in the wee hours of the morning and taking the train to Manhattan. Our morning meetups at Castle Clinton would be history. The SCA YCC crew program for the...Read more
And back to the fence we go! This hitch we strove toward near completion of the “Buck Meadows” fenceline that we had been focusing on for the past couple of hitches. We continued to clear all trees and brush from more sections of the fence using chainsaws and hand tools, and then replaced and repaired that fence line, as we saw ﬁt. We spent more time working together as a whole crew, as opposed to breaking up into two teams. That was a nice change for everyone, as we were able to enjoy each other’s...Read more
We have a running joke with other Humbolt Redwoods State Park RTR folks. Most mornings we meet at the shop before gearing up for our 1 ½ mile hike to work. One of them will ask us, “isn’t it closer to hike in from Burlington?” and one of us will tell them that actually it’s a closer hike from the Garden Club of America Grove.
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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