|Georgia Basso and local students monitor biodiversity changes at habitat restoration sites throughout the city. Photo Credit: Common Ground|
Georgia Basso is a wildlife biologist in our Coastal Program and the Service’s liaison to the Long Island Sound Study, an EPA National Estuary Program to restore and protect the Sound. The Long Island Sound region is an area of exceptional ecological value and high human density. As such, Georgia’s day are a blend of science, human dimensions and ecosystem management. In a typical day she might meet with the New Haven Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership leadership team, coordinate coastal habitat restoration projects, work with species experts to assess habitat quality in the Long Island Sound area, organize Habitat Restoration and Stewardship Workgroup meetings, or partner with urban students to design and monitor habitat restoration sites on their school grounds or in their city.
5 Questions for Georgia
1. Why is urban outreach important to you?
If those of us working for the Service close our eyes and think about what first sparked our interest in doing what we do, many of us would recollect an early childhood experience in nature. Studies show that children create a meaningful bond with the environment in their early years. Even if they don’t pursue environmental career paths down the road, if this bond is formed, they go on to be environmental stewards throughout their lives. With more of our population spending an increased amount of time separated from nature, the likelihood of the next generation forming this bond decreases. The future of environmental stewardship rests on people feeling a connection with nature. Urban outreach can help create these connections.