The YCC is a summer employment program for young men and women from all segments of society, who work, earn, and learn together doing outdoor conservation projects at Patuxent Research Refuge. YCC members complete meaningful projects that require hard work and cooperation. This is work that you can be proud of. Past projects have included repairing fencing and netting for the endangered species program, building and improving trails, water control structures, and water impoundments, and contributing to invasive species removal and wildlife habitat management. YCC members also participate in three educational field trips throughout the summer and are trained in first aid and CPR. The YCC Program at Patuxent Research Refuge is open to young men and women from the ages of 15 to 18 years, who are citizens or legal residents of the United States. Enrollees work full time (40 hours per week) for 8 weeks and earn minimum wage ($8.25/hr)The YCC program will run from June 19 through August 11, 2017. If you are interested in joining the YCC at Patuxent Research Refuge this summer please ask for an application while visiting the National Wildlife Visitor Center, Patuxent’s North Tract Visitor Contact Station, or by calling 301/ 497-5701 or 301-497-5611. To print an application click here. Mail applications to: Patuxent Research Refuge YCC Coordinator 12100 Beech Forest Rd. Suite 138 Laurel, MD 20708-4036Applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2017. Selection will be by lottery.
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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.