If I had to choose one thing that empowered me the most during my internship, it would be the outreach and education work I did. I was able to connect with kids, younger and older, and get them excited, involved and talking about nature. I wanted the kids to see someone like me doing this kind of work and realize that it’s possible.
Seeds of Success, a native seed collection program, is helping to restore and strengthen coastal areas vulnerable to intense storms and sea-level rise predicted with a changing climate.
On a recent tour at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Smith Island, Maryland, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff observed construction of a 21,000 foot living shoreline. This project, funded by the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, has been underway for three months in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and will help protect shoreline and tidal marsh, offering benefits to habitat, wildlife and nearby communities in the face of future storms.