The Nature Conservancy in Washington

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Follow four Tacoma teens during their summer with the Conservancy

Washington’s 2012 LEAF interns spent the last two weeks of their internship at Moses Coulee Preserve in eastern Washington. Here they are working on line transects in the sunlight.

The LEAF interns stayed at the Whisper Lake Field Station on our Moses Coulee Preserve during the second half of their internship. This station is a home base for scientists and staff working at Moses Coulee and Beezly Hills Preserves. During their internship, the students also did repairs on the station and its surroundings.

For one of their weekend recreation activities, the interns got the chance to paddle around Jameson Lake near Moses Coulee in eastern Washington.

From left to right, Brandon, Vincent, Gregory and Alex take a break for a photo with The Nature Conservancy’s land steward in eastern Washington, David St. George. David led the students for two weeks on projects ranging from bird banding, bat counting and photo monitoring.

A birds-eye-view (no pun intended!) of the bird banding activity. Birds are caught in nets, measured, banded, recorded and then released.

Here, David St. George, land steward for the Conservancy’s eastern Washington program, demonstrates proper bird banding techniques to LEAF intern Brandon.

Alex Mundt, Washington LEAF intern, face-to-face with a cedar waxwing in eastern Washington. The interns spent a day banding songbirds with scientists. Alex said, “I loved birding and learning about their songs, and I have more respect for birds now.”

Brandon is poised to release this songbird after carefully placing a band on its leg which he said acts like a “social security number” for the bird. This helps scientists track bird movement and health.

Interns work with field staff to measure the growth of sagebrush for a restoration project at Moses Coulee.

An important element of the LEAF internship is exploring natural areas where the interns spend their days working. Here is a photo of Vincent on a hike at Moses Coulee.

The LEAF interns, led by land steward David St. George, set off for a day of work at Moses Coulee. The interns participated in a survey of pygmy rabbits on Conservancy property and learned about rabbit genetics and conservation.


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