This week the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) had a great meeting with Suzanne Fellows and Rachel Levin of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to talk about the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program. They came to tell us about the program and see if the ECC would like to serve as the State/District Coordinator for it and the annual art contest. As the District coordinators we would be responsible for promoting, collecting and judging the area’s entries in the annual art contest, as well as holding outreach activities to engage youth in habitat and water conservation for waterfowl including ducks, swans and geese. We think this is a great opportunity to reach more students and incorporate an art aspect to our science programs, so we hope to be named as the official DC coordinators. We took time to discuss ideas about how we would promote the contest for the following school year. I remembered the webinar we had in June with Stacey from Los Angeles Audubon about science illustration, and mentioned the comic book project they did. A colleague had the idea of hosting an after school club at a few schools. We also thought of ways to add the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation curriculum into our existing in-house Water Quality program and Wood Duck box monitoring. I was glad when Suzanne and Rachel shared their business cards with us. I made sure to express my interest in the program while thanking them for speaking with us, and they told me to contact them about opportunities to help them!
I can’t express how much I love this internship! I feel like I’ve had such an amazing opportunity to network and partner with various agencies and organizations that I wouldn’t have otherwise had a chance to do. I know that this internship has and will open many doors for me in the future, and it’s so exciting! I truly love what I do, and my journey is only beginning.