|Stacey says this is the way she was taught to hold ducks, but she was not comfortable holding the wings like this until she was "reassured that I couldn’t kill the duck this way."|
Open Spaces is featuring monthly posts by Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns working to promote, protect and study wildlife on public lands all over the United States. Today’s featured blogger, Stacey Kinney, spent her summer as an SCA intern at the North Mississippi Refuges Complex, which consists of Coldwater River, Tallahatchie and Dahomey National Wildlife Refuges. Stacey is part of the Career Discover Internship Program (Service’s CDIP website), a collaboration between SCA and the Service that’s strengthening the next generation of conservation leaders by connecting culturally and ethnically diverse college students to wildlife-focused career opportunities. Learn more about all of SCA’s programs at www.thesca.org.
As part of my SCA internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this summer I had the opportunity to join an expedition banding wood ducks at Coldwater River National Wildlife Refuge in Lambert, Mississippi. I had a lot to learn about banding birds, but that's OK because I was with a couple of experts: Refuge Manager Amber Breland of Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge and wildlife biologist Becky Rosamond of the North Mississippi Refuges Complex.