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Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge Partners with Cochise Community College to Provide Conservation Field Experience to Biology Students
Southwest Region, December 29, 2011
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Starting this spring Leslie Canyon NWR will be used as an outdoor lab for second semester biology students. After a presentation at the college by refuge staff in the fall of 2011, the refuge was contacted about the possibility of providing field experience to the students of one of the college’s biology classes. After several emails and one face to face meeting, a plan was put together and a rough syllabus constructed so that these students can be introduced to conducting field studies and surveys on a National Wildlife Refuge. The majority of students that are in the biology program at Cochise College are headed for a position in the medical field, so the teacher thought it might be a good idea to show them what other opportunities are out there. Some of the surveys the students will learn about and conduct are vegetation surveys, bird banding, herpetological monitoring, and fish monitoring. While not the same as an internship, this will hopefully show the students the benefits of the work of the Fish and Wildlife Service and maybe show them how great a career in the Service could be.

Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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