Angie Lara – Fish and Feathers Internship Introduction

Hello everyone! My name is Angie Lara and I am so excited to begin this journey with Environment for the Americas. I am originally from Bogota, Colombia, but I have spent most of my life in Florida. My parents and extended family have always influenced me to be connected with nature and all that it provides. Due to this, I have developed a profound connection with the natural world. This passion led me to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of South Florida (USF). Besides my academic interests, I love to paddle board whenever I get a chance, which allows me to leave any stressful moments in my life behind and focus on what is literally in front of me. Typically, if I am not out somewhere on my paddleboard, you can also find me getting lost in a good book or enjoying the company of friends at a concert.

For the next three months, I will be interning at the Fort Matanzas National Monument in the historic city of St. Augustine, Florida. This opportunity aligns perfectly with my goal of immersing myself in the study of native birds, fish, and plants. In particular, I am excited to participate in turtle patrols and learn more about the green and loggerhead sea turtles that live in the area. This new role will be an invaluable experience that will allow me to not only gain hands-on experience in the field but also learn more about the park’s unique ecosystems and historical context. Additionally, I am excited to enhance my public speaking skills and connect with others who share my career goals in the environmental field. I hope to contribute meaningfully to the preservation efforts at Fort Matanzas and have a lasting impact on the people I encounter.

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