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Becoming a Wildlife “Detective”: Girl Scouts Explore the Career of Wildlife Biology
Alaska Region, February 4, 2006
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How is a wildlife biologist like a wildlife detective?  In many ways – according to over 120 girl scouts, ages 5 through 13, who participated in the Fish and Wildlife Service’s “Becoming a Wildlife Detective” program.  Maeve Taylor, Volunteer and Grants Coordinator for Alaska Refuges, and Rachel McGill, Environmental Education Volunteer, provided a day full of hands-on wildlife programs through the Anchorage Girl Scout’s Women of Science and Technology Day on February 4th.  The annual event allows girl scouts to meet women who work in a variety of science careers – from engineering, to geology, to optometry.  During the Wildlife Detective program, the girls learned how to use observation skills, ask questions, and theorize answers through a variety of clues to unravel wildlife mysteries.  The budding scientists eagerly collected facts, analyzed scenarios, and declared that they were ready to become wildlife biologists.  Look out science, here comes the next generation!

Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov
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