Naturalist

Naturalist

 Ridges Sanctuary

May through September 2014

The Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin’s first land trust, is a nonprofit organization located in the heart of Door County. During the summer I spent employed as a naturalist, I lead guided walks that educated members of the public about the history, ecology, and geology of this unique dun and swale ecosystem. The ridges is a biodiversity hotspot, home to many rare and endangered species, such as rams head lady’s slipper (Cypripedium arietinum), dwarf lake iris (Iris lacustris), and Hine’s emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana). Throughout my employment at the Ridges Sanctuary, I was asked to develop and present seminars. These educational talks covered topics ranging from creating wildlife habitat in your backyard; the importance of migratory stopovers for birds; to a brief introduction into field ornithology and the importance of studying birds.

 

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