International Biologists Come to America

A group of international biologists from several different countries came to the United States to tour refuges and wildlife areas all over the country. They went everywhere from Washington D.C. to New Orleans to our tiny town of Alamosa, CO, which is barely a speck on the map. We took them to the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge and the Blanca Wetlands so that they could learn more about how we manage our water and resources here. It was so interesting to talk to people from different countries and share ideas of how their methods compared and contrasted to ours. The people were so friendly and it was great to get to know them and learn more about their cultures. While we were at the Blanca Wetlands we gave them the opportunity to put a band on some mallard ducks and talked to them a little bit about migration patterns. They absolutely loved it! I was talking to a gentleman from Tanzania and he was telling me that the sandy soils with sage and chico brush looked similar to where he was from. This was good news for both of us because we could keep in touch and share resource management mitigation ideas. Some of the countries are very much ahead of us in technology and it really opened my eyes to how differently they managed their resources.

International Biologists listening to a presentation at the Blanca Wetlands

International Biologists listening to a presentation at the Blanca Wetlands

Morgan Garcia
mlgarcia@rams.colostate.edu
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