10 Jan INTO THE RIVER! (THE INTRO)
Hello there! My name is Braulio Torres and I am the new intern here at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge in Liberty, Texas. This opportunity was presented to me by Environment for the Americas as well as in conjunction with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, all of who I am excited to work and interact with this year!
I am originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and moved to Houston, Texas in middle school. Once I graduated high school, I then attended Houston Community College for some time. After my time in Houston, I transferred over to Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas where I just graduated from last month (Dec. 2021) with a Bachelor’s in Wildlife Biology. It didn’t matter where I was or what school I attended, I have always had a passion for the outdoors, science, and biology, which has led me here to this internship with EFTA and USFWS.
Growing up there were few moments when I wasn’t outside exploring, whether it was in the valleys of Mexico, mountains in Arizona, or my mom’s flower garden, that side of me hasn’t changed. Although I have always been outside, I only really had the opportunity to have hands-on experience with fieldwork and wildlife management at University. Along with the fieldwork I also had a chance to communicate what I have been learning by being an instructional assistant in a biology lab where I taught freshmen at the University. After my teaching position, I have been more and more interested in outreach and communicating science.
I am looking forward to this particular internship because it is split between doing fieldwork and doing outreach through its Junior Ranger Program. This internship will be my first out-of-school experience out in the field and is also an opportunity to gain more experience in outreach with an audience that I am not accustomed to. I am excited to put what I learned into practice for the next year in this new adventure!