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SACRAMENTO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE: Pacific Southwest Region Connects With UC Davis Students at Career Day

Region 8, November 6, 2013
Sacramento NWR Complex staff discuss prescribed fire with UC Davis students.
Sacramento NWR Complex staff discuss prescribed fire with UC Davis students. - Photo Credit: n/a
Geese fill the sky over Sacramento NWR.
Geese fill the sky over Sacramento NWR. - Photo Credit: n/a
Steve Emmons with the Sacramento NWR Complex talks to UC Davis students about the refuge.
Steve Emmons with the Sacramento NWR Complex talks to UC Davis students about the refuge. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Michael Woodbridge, USFWS

 

Bill Johnson, regional workforce recruiter for the Pacific Southwest Region, arrived bright and early at the University of California campus in Davis on November 6. As the big charter bus came to a stop, 33 eager students climbed aboard, excited for what was to come. The bus rumbled out of Davis and north on Interstate 5—the destination: Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge.

The students came from such academic programs as wildlife, fish and conservation biology, and environmental science and management. The purpose of their trip was to learn about careers with the National Wildlife Refuge System. According to Johnson, the day was “an opportunity for our future conservation leaders who are majoring in natural resource degree programs to come out to a refuge and engage with biologists and have activities throughout the day that have demonstrations and a wide variety of activities that help connect what they’re learning in the classroom with how it is applied in the field.”

The day at Sacramento NWR was filled with diverse activities. Refuge staff provided presentations on prescribed fire, wetland habitat management, bird identification, public use management, water delivery, and others. Demonstrations included using seine nets and global positioning system (GPS) technology.

UC Davis student Monique Sanchez said, “I study wildlife biology and I can definitely see what I learned in Davis being applicable here.”

According to Johnson, the students went back to their campus with a new sense of what is possible with a career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Michael Woodbridge is a public affairs specialist in external affairs at the Pacific Southwest Regional Office in Sacramento, Calif.

Contact Info: Michael Woodbridge, 916-978-4445, michael_woodbridge@fws.gov