Patuxent has been partnering with two separate entities in recent months. The refuge has hired an urban refuge intern to work with Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools to provide quality environmental educational experiences for students, technical expertise to teachers and faculty, and promote the National Wildlife Refuge System’s role in creating environmental awareness among urban populations. The refuge is also working with Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center in Baltimore, providing technical assistance and internships to aide their delivery of environmental messages to underserved communities near Baltimore Harbor. For more information visit http://www.masonvillecove.org/
Internship notice:The Urban Conservation and Education Internship is an eight week program in partnership with the Maryland Port Administration, Living Classrooms Foundation, the National Aquarium and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide local college students with a combination of knowledge and experiences that they can use to become stewards of the environment. Complete description of program and application form here.
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The scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea) is a medium sized song bird native to the northeast upland forest. Tanagers are often hard to spot as they frequent the highest reaches of the tree canopy. The brilliant red and black plumage of the breeding male is a treat to see. Tanagers seek out insects during the summer months and fruits during migration back to their wintering grounds in the tropics.