EALT is a small organization with big goals, and we rely heavily on volunteers to help us achieve those goals. Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes, and ages, but they have one thing in common – they all want to contribute to protecting wildlife!
Sometimes our volunteers are young biologists trying to get started in their careers. Both EALT and young professionals have benefitted from the SCiP internship program, offered by Volunteer Alberta. SCiP internships allow non-profits such as EALT to expand what we can achieve, while providing valuable work experience to students who are just getting started.
Read on to learn more about the SCiP interns who have helped EALT this past year!
Over the past few months, several SCiP interns helped out with the data entry associated with our field data collection. In 2018, we installed an Automated Recording Unit (ARU), to record bird songs in our newest protected area, the Smith Blackburn Homestead. This device is programmed to turn on remotely, allowing biologists to sample large amounts of data in remote areas with minimal effort. EALT’s Bird Song Intern stepped in to decipher a sample of the bird songs we recorded.
EALT has a large amount of resources on our website, and we want to ensure that the information available there is accessible to people who are searching for it. Alana helped out by creating graphics about our Kids Nature Activities to post on social media, so that families can find them, and learn how to engage their kids in nature. Read what Alana has to say:
Some SCiP internships over the past winter were based on education and outreach. Charlotte, a dedicated social media intern, created educational posts that will be seen by social media users, as well as some educational blogs for those that want more in depth information.
Our two Nature Activity interns had a different audience – young kids, and their families who want them to engage in nature. Read what they had to say about their internships:
And finally, one SCiP Internship was a combination of outdoor activities and outreach. Blaire attended numerous events with an EALT Information Booth to tell people all about us and what we do.
We’re grateful for the SCiP program that provides great opportunities for students to gain experience, and supports non-profits such as EALT. Learn more about SCiP here, or subscribe to our volunteer Newsletter (remember to check the box) to hear about upcoming EALT opportunities, including SCiP internships.
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