Wildlife in the Cold, Interns Wanted - UPDATE January 18, 2019

Real cold finally came—minus 24°F on the way to work. My little bird friends were busy ingesting sunflower seeds or sitting puffed up.ChickadeeChickadee

A surprise in the cold was that the mink (Stripe) was active and nearly caught a red squirrel. It missed and was rewarded with bologna instead. ChickadeeChickadeeOne gray fox has become so calm that I can casually go to the door, talking loud on the phone, have him calmly look only at the bologna, take it nicely, and turn its back and not move much away as I close the door.

At the Bear Center, we are looking for college students in the fields of biology, ecology, environmental sciences and wildlife management to be a part of our 2019 North American Bear Center internship program to help carry out our mission “to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems and their relations with humans.” As part of that, we want to educate young adults interested in a wildlife career. Red-breasted nuthatchRed-breasted nuthatchFor me, I feel good seeing these students learning directly from our four Ambassador bears, removing their own fears about bears, and sharing the information with our visitors. Good memories from interns past have been seeing their desire to learn, answering their questions, and seeing them share their bear knowledge and public speaking skills with the public as they prepare for a career in the field. Other good memories are people stopping me on the street to say what an enjoyable visit they had at the Bear Center with young people sharing information and answering questions. It is also a joy when some of them stop back to say how their experience at the Bear Center helped them get jobs, get another intern opportunity, or round out their knowledge and determination to succeed in their chosen fields.

Here is a six-minute video about the program. https://youtu.be/3ESdhVOu_3Q

For more information:
Visit: 2019 Intern Information Page with Application
Contact Judy Thon at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for all you and the interns do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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