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Hello from Up Over!
(Like down under, but opposite...get it!?)
My name is Dani Thompson and I welcome you to my blog-- a collection of adventures, photos, ideas, and stories during my 45 week internship with the SCA in Anchorage, Alaska! That's right. For over 10 months I will be serving as the Environmental Education and Outreach intern for the Anchorage Fisheries and Wildlife Field Office (AFWFO).
I am from Boulder, Colorado and grew up with a passion for everything outdoors! Hiking, biking, Frisbee, skiing, rollerblading, fishing...you name it, I have probably tried to do it or would if I got a chance. When I'm not outside my favorite activities include cooking, eating what I cook, yoga, being addicted to technology, making crafts and generally being crafty in the non-negative sense of the word.
So how in the heck did I end up in Alaska? Well, I accepted my totally amazing position back in March, about 2 months prior to graduating with my BA in Environmental Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. My background working as an intern for the Dickinson College Center for Sustainability Education (CSE) and the Watershed Stewardship Program at Paul Smith's College in the Adirondacks made me qualified, ready, and excited to take on the position of "outreach intern" at AFWFO.
Well folks, I can say with a large degree of confidence that it is very much November here in Alaska. What I mean is that a) I haven't experienced above freezing temperatures in a few weeks and b) the sun rises after 8:30 AM and sets by 4:30PM. If it weren't enough that those happen to be my exact work hours, our precious 8 hours of light each day is shrinking--and fast! By 5 minutes and 30 seconds per day, in fact. That's almost 40 minutes each week!
You like how I did math there?…Continue
One thing I really love about my internship is the fact that my supervisor, Ann Rappoport (Director of the FWS Anchorage Filed Office), has given me the freedom to color outside the lines of my position description. She encourages me to take my ball of environmental education play-doh and mold it into whatever shape fits my personal interests and will benefit my long-term career goals. And just because I want to add another child-like analogy, let me add that if I want to shake my…Continue
Okay. So. Now that I have obtained the pictures to prove it, I will tell you all about the awesome outreach project I was working on this summer...a project which was finally project-ed onto some kids a few weeks ago!Continue
Although I have been in Alaska for over 4 months, I am happy to report that I am still amazed by the beauty and uniqueness of my new home on a daily basis. This weekend was especially special (note the double use of special) and it has put me on an "I love Alaska" high!
The first reason for this: WE GOT OUR FIRST SNOW!!!