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Doves in the Wild: Zeta Phi Beta Members Embrace the Nature of America

line of people in the outdoors   Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.  visits Patuxent Research Refuge in Maryland. 


symbol of dove

My name is Sierra Snyder and this summer I am interning at the headquarters of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the Zeta Days at the Refuge initiative. Zeta Days is an initiative by the Service and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated (Our symbol is the dove at the left). It started in 2015 in an effort to bring more diverse groups to national wildlife refuges. Since its inception, hundreds of Zeta chapters along with their youth and auxiliary groups have visited refuge sites across the country!

Now here is a bit about myself...

I am 21 going on 22 and fresh out of Morgan State where I received my bachelor of science in strategic communications. I was initiated into the Gorgeous Gamma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. in the fall of 2016 and I am a proud member of the greatest sorority in the world (I may be a little biased). While my experience with nature and wildlife may be limited, I have already learned a lot about the importance of engaging in outdoor recreation and conservation on national wildlife refuges.

person crouches and looks at flower   Checking out the flowers at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

During my time at the Service, I will be blogging about the Zeta experiences at various refuge sites and why it is important for us and all Americans to engage in conserving wild spaces and its wildlife.

I hope that you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoyed writing it and that we ALL can learn more about America’s beautiful outdoors. 

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We need more. This is a great initiative you are taking on Miss Snyder.
# Posted By | 7/25/18 2:51 PM

Can’t wait to read more blogs!!!!!!!
# Posted By Cynthia O | 7/25/18 3:27 PM

This was a great read!! Keep up the great refuge work.

The Sorors listed in the photo are from Sigma Psi Zeta and Rho Eta Zeta Chapters in Maryland; visiting the Patuxent Refuge in Laurel, MD.
# Posted By Half Sharp | 7/25/18 4:01 PM

This is an amazing read. Great background and getting out Sorors involved ??love it
# Posted By LaTrelle Blue | 7/25/18 4:06 PM

So excited to hear about the great work Zetas are doing to encourage interest in the USFWS!
# Posted By Krysta | 7/25/18 7:14 PM

Great work!
# Posted By | 7/25/18 7:17 PM

So important to encourage our communities to visit the refuge. Great job!
# Posted By Krysta | 7/25/18 8:20 PM

Thank you, Soror, for featuring Sigma Psi Zeta Chapter on your cover!
# Posted By Carleen Dickerson | 7/26/18 11:44 AM

This is fantastic! Next time at USFWS HQ I'll have to drop by and say hello. I'm working with USFWS on the Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP) and direct an urban refuge program at the Refuge Association doing exactly what you're doing getting more people of color outdoors and engaging with nature on and off national wildlife refuges in urban areas. I look forward to reading more about your experiences.
# Posted By Joy Blackwood, NWRA | 8/2/18 11:40 AM

Good stuff Soror Snyder!!??
# Posted By | 8/5/18 9:50 AM
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