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2021 Service-Learning Symposium: Wildlife Biology Internship at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

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Wildlife Biology Internship at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Authors: Alley Bennett

Faculty Supervisor: C. Tate Holbrook, Ph.D.

Community Partner: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge


For much of 2020, I had the opportunity to work as a biological technician at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is a refuge and breeding ground for wildlife that is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). My primary contribution was reproductive data collection and cavity maintenance of the red-cockaded woodpecker, an endangered keystone species on the refuge. I also was involved in the annual bat survey and bear bait station survey. All projects were conducted in an effort to assist in conservation of wildlife. I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity. The experience I received is invaluable and has reassured me that wildlife biology it the right career field for me.