Looking Back to Move Foward

Aloha for the last time my friends. Sadly, my internship with the Environment for the Americas and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is coming to an end this week. After a quick 11 weeks during the Summer of 2023, I could not be more thankful for the opportunities that I have had at the Kaua’i National Wildlife Refuge Complex. When I first heard about this internship opportunity in an email that was sent out to me by my current advisor, I thought that there was no way that I would get accepted. I thought to myself, why would the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a federal government agency, choose me to work with them over the summer? I had only a small amount of prior internship experience, and my major in college (Marine Biology) was unrelated to birds, which was a big focus of this internship program. I never believed that I would be interning at a National Wildlife Refuge over the summer. But here I am finishing up my last day!  

Through this program, I’ve made many friends and opened new doors for potential future job opportunities, and even some doors that I never knew existed. Since I was the very first Environment for the Americas intern at the Kaua’i National Wildlife Refuge Complex, I hope that these blogs can be utilized by future interns so that they can see the great things that they will be able to do! 

I will never forget the memories that I made this summer. From working closely with endangered Hawaiian waterbirds (and almost getting attacked by one), interacting with the visitors at the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, pulling out invasive weeds for hours, and exploring the beautiful island of Kaua’i are things in my life that I will never forget.

 Now, let’s reflect back on my summer!

thanks for checking out my final blog. Until we meet again!

- Samantha Garcia

habitat restoration & natural resources management intern
kaua’i national wildlife refuge complex

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