Rebecca McCabe is now a graduate student and has started her graduate work at East Stroudsburg University. Rebecca will be studying the nesting ecology of Broad-winged Hawks at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, and will be involved in efforts to satellite track juvenile hawks to their wintering grounds in Central and South America.
Meta Griffin recently attained a Biology Internship at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. This was a competitive internship position and is an excellent stepping stone for future careers. Many previous interns now work in Federal and State jobs, non-profit agencies like The Audubon Society and the Wild Turkey Federation, and many are employed in Academia.
On April 11-12th, Students from Millersville University presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologists. Meta Griffin and Tristan Conrad (pictured below) presented their research poster on ‘Identification of Areas Baited for Odocoileus virginianis Using Chemical Analysis’. In addition, a research poster by Andrew Wolfgang was on also display about ‘Automated Detection and Identification of Winter Bird Vocalizations’. Great job by all these students.
Students from the Millersville Conservation Planning class spent their Saturday on April 5th, helping Mike Burcin of the Lancaster Conservancy with some trail maintenance and survey work at the Camp Snyder site. The Lancaster Conservancy is in the process of restoring this unique site to an educational facility as well as restoring the wild trout stream running through the middle. Students have been conducting service learning here to get an idea of how plans are made and money is raised to restore an area to its more natural state.
On Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, The Millersville Mammalogy class reviewed the results of a remote camera survey they conducted on the Safe Harbor Nature Conservancy preserve. Below are some of the photo results.
We now have a new member of our Applied Conservation Lab. My kids want to name her ‘Ka’ (from jungle book). She is a 10 year old Ball Python (Python regius). This species received the name ball python because they have the habit of curling into a ball when stressed or frightened. This species is also known as the royal python because African royalty use to wear them as jewelry.
On Monday, March 17th, Mammalogy students set up remote cameras at the Safe Harbor property owned by the Lancaster Conservancy. The goal will be to record mid-sized to large mammal diversity that occurs on this property. Cameras will be retrieved in a couple of weeks to review pictures of the different mammal species caught.
Today the Mammalogy Class was visited by Debra Milne, a local wildlife rehabilitator, whom brought along a couple of rescues: a representative from the species Procyon lotor and one from Mephitis mephitis. We discussed issues with wildlife rehabilitation, permits, awareness of disease and parasites and other issues. These animals were behaviorally unique, and thus were not real wild mammals. However, they were great representatives for education.
Andrew Wolfgang graduated Cum Laude in December 2013 with a degree in Biology. Andrew was a student athlete whom played outside linebacker on the Millersville Marauders Football team. Andrew is still involved in research projects with Millersville University and is currently analyzing data from remote voice recognizers used to survey birds in the field. At the end of this winter, Andrew will be going down to Wallops Island, Virginia to work as an Environmental Educator with the Chincoteague Bay Field Station. Eventually, Andrew wants to return to grad school to pursue his interests in biological research.
Kellyann (BS in Biology 2013) is finally going to Alaska! Kellyann has been in training since December 2nd with Alaskan Observers Inc. Alaskan Observers Inc. recruits biologists to work as Domestic Groundfish Observers in Alaska. They help the government obtain data necessary to achieve sound management of our nations fisheries. Kellyann’s first deployment will be flying out to Dutch harbor to a pot vessel called the ‘Pavlof’ which is involved in Cod Fishing. Best of luck Kellyann!