Thursday, October 18, 2012

Acting, naturally.

De'Andre paddling.
De'Andre Brown, a 2012 intern, kayaking on the
Charles River in Massachusetts.
Credit: Lamar Gore/USFWS
Interning in visitor services at a national wildlife refuge doesn’t mean biological work is off the table. Hear from D'Andre Brown on his experience at the Service’s Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts, where he helped survey terns, band bats and monitor piping plover recovery. This post is part of a series running all week about the work done on national wildlife refuges to help recover threatened and endangered species.

Who knew that theatre studies and working in visitor services at a national wildlife refuge go hand in hand? I would not have thought that before spending last summer in the Career Discovery Internship Program at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

Before the 10-week internship started, I kept thinking, “Will I be ready?” After all, I had grown up in Chicago, and my academic concentration at Alabama State University is theatre. How would I fit into a conservation job at a refuge on a barrier island near Newburyport, MA? Read the rest of De'Andre's blog. 

More posts in the National Wildlife Refuge Week series.

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