Starbrad Excellence in Science Award

Starbrad Excellence in Science Award

Rochelle Jones

My internship with Medicine Lake NWR and the U.S Fish & Wildlife Services focused on supporting the U.S Geological Services long running research program collecting data on the piping plover, a threatened shorebird species. The two main objectives of this internship were to collect re-sighting information on birds that have been previously banded for identification, and to locate the nests of breeding birds. A tertiary goal is to complete a June census for the piping plovers on any of the lakes visited that are designated as Medicine Lake NWR management land. This internship has allowed me to explore a career as a wildlife technician as well as obtaining exposure to management techniques on a wildlife refuge. The experience thus far has proven excellent and the exposure to a career in the field outside of academia has strengthened my resolve for a degree in wildlife biology. I hope to use this internship as a starting point for other technician experience throughout the remainder of my time at Millersville and after.

Rochelle Jones, Lancaster, PA
Senior, Biology, Environmental Biology Major
 Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge