23 Dec Farwell to Trinity River (The Outro)
With 2022 coming to a close so does my time with Environment for the Americas, as well as here at Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. This has been both one of the longest and shortest years for me, so much has happened, yet it feels like I just moved into the refuge bunkhouse last week! I’ve learned so much being introduced to not only working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service but working with federal agencies in general. I’m fortunate to say that my introduction was with the Refuge system and with a great refuge team that I worked with for all of 2022.
With such a small team here in East Texas everyone had to do a little bit of everything and because of this dynamic I got to experience different aspects of a National Wildlife Refuge. The year began teaching 3rd-5th graders who were part of the Junior Ranger program the refuge offered. After the school semester we conducted biological surveys in the summer observing the bird calls and vegetation of the refuge forest. After summer another semester with the Junior Rangers but also included local events where we brought wildlife experiences to the public of all ages. This year has taught me so much about environmental education, public outreach, and biological data collection in & out of the field. By being given such a wide variety of jobs throughout the year, I was able to figure out what I want to pursue after the internship more seriously.
This has all prepared me for my next step which will be with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where I will be a lab technician for a research center studying invasive plants and insects in Florida. I appreciate the opportunity and the doors that Environment for the Americas have opened up for me and grateful for Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge for giving me the experience I needed to continue to move forward in my career. This is only the beginning for me!
Good bye Texas, hello Florida!