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LEAF in Action

Follow Our Interns into the Rivers and Mountains of Maryland/DC and Virginia

Meet our summer 2012 LEAF interns! From left: Nisi, Alondra, Jennifer and Sherryann.

Marek Smith, Alleghany Highlands director, is wearing his chef's garb because he made the group wild-blueberry pancakes for breakfast. Yum!

The interns use nets to collect invertebrates in the Cowpasture River.

Small aquatic animals are sensitive to pollution, so their absence or abundance tells scientists a lot about river health.

Nisi and Sherryann get a quick lesson on operating GPS units from science technician Dan Bukler.

Those GPS units come in handy for documenting trail maintenance, along with good old-fashioned data sheets.

The interns meet farmer Nelson Hoy’s heritage-breed redpoll cattle at Berriedale Farm.

Deborah Barber introduces the interns to the Maryland side of the Potomac Gorge.

A challenging hike along the Billy Goat Trail caps off the interns’ Potomac adventure. Return to LEAF home

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