SCA Volunteers Make Inroads…and History


Research performed by SCA interns and alumni is paying off – and garnering a lot of attention.

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service credits three SCA members at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Texas with helping biologists achieve an unprecedented breakthrough in their quest to protect endangered ocelots. “The U.S. ocelot population is on the edge of extinction, so these efforts…may have important implications for their future survival,” said Dr. Bill Swanson.
  • Alumnus Adam McNeil is leading a multi-year examination of African American history at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A graduate of SCA’s NPS Academy, a career development initiative offered in collaboration with the National Park Service, Adam also considers himself “a scholar of slavery…of the 18th and 19th centuries.” So as people kept telling him there were no enslaved people in the region, “I was like, I don’t think so.”
  • Atlanta’s NPR affiliate showcases numerous SCA interns while reporting on a record-setting summer for sea turtles. “Researchers like (SCA’s Macie) Broussard and (Kara) Fadden have found more than 3,800 loggerhead sea turtle nests in Georgia, breaking the previous record set in 2016, with a few months left in the nesting season,” according to WABE radio.

Click on the links in each story above to see the original coverage. You can always keep up with developments like these by visiting SCA’s online Newsroom.

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