I have a confession to make: I’m an adrenaline junkie. The feeling of epinephrine released into my blood—That increased heart rate and heightened sense of awareness as part of an innate response to perceived danger—is euphoric. I’m also a science junkie, and I chose an SCA biology internship because it seemed like it would involve a ton of conservation field work that would satisfy both my science and my adrenaline needs, and that’s definitely turned out to be the case. Naturally, when six months into my internship the opportunity to participate in the ultimate...Read more
“The preparedness level of Alaska was 5 out of 5, meaning that “resistance to control is high to extreme and resistance to extinguishment is high.” At the junction between McCarthy and Kennecott, a Smokey the Bear sign sits outside the area’s volunteer fire department headquarters, informing the public of general fire risk. I have watched the sign bounce back and forth between “High” and “Extreme” all season.”...Read more
Today, Elizabeth Braatz checks in from St. Croix Wetland Management District in Wisconsin. She’s part of the Career Discovery Internship Program, a collaboration between SCA and USFWS that’s strengthening the next generation of conservation leaders by connecting culturally and ethnically diverse college students to wildlife-focused career opportunities.
Early on in my SCA internship at St. Croix Wetland Management District, I learned three interesting facts about monarch butterﬂies.
1. Monarchs journey up to 3,000 miles between Mexico and the northern...Read more
“I thought such an expanse of ﬂatness would be about as stimulating as a parking lot, but instead some part of my brain that remembers itself to be a savannah ape was switched on. The slope of the land and color of grass stood out in my mind like a living Van Gogh painting. It was one of the most beautiful and alien spaces I have ever encountered.”...Read more
This year all 50 State Governors and President Obama proclaimed June 2015 as Great Outdoors Month. To celebrate this proclamation 12 state Governors and the President hosted Capital Campouts. The Capital Campout was started to engaged youth in urban areas to the outdoors. A few of the campouts goals were, to reach you with little exposure to their outdoor legacy, let governors demonstrate their support for parks, highlight easy access to healthy outdoor fun, and increase visitation to our state parks.
Try to imagine a place where all of the plants look exactly the same; where there was once a beautiful, unique environment that was thriving with a multitude of diverse plant species. An environment that has undergone this change is the Cowles Bog at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. What was once considered a living laboratory is now completely overgrown by a species of invasive cattail. My teammates and I on the Indiana Dunes Wetland Restoration Corps are committed to the removal of these invasive cattails, as well as raising native plants in on-site greenhouses, in order to...Read more