Intermediate Wildlife Conservation: Level I

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About

  • July 21 – 24
  • Bon Portage Island (the Evelyn and Morrill Richardson Field Station in Biology)
  • Overnight accommodations in a cabin on Bon Portage Island
  • 12 seats
  • Pay-what-you-can
Bon Portage Island (also known as Outer Island) is located 20 mins south of Barrington.

Activities

  • We’ll take a boat 3 km to and from Bon Portage Island, off of Shag Harbour
  • We’ll assist female biologists from Acadia University with their Leach’s storm petrel (a small grey seabird) conservation research, helping to “grub” the adult and petrel chicks from theirs nests to evaluate their health
  • We’ll do a marine pollution workshop, discussing how pollution affects marine animals, and how we can reduce our consumption of single-use plastics
  • We’ll collect plastic waste that has washed ashore on the Island and do a chemistry experiment
  • We’ll set fish traps in the Island’s saltwater ponds and learn about basic data collection by measuring and identifying our catch
  • We’ll learn about basic wildlife data coding and visualization
  • We’ll use microscopes to observe the effect of oil on bird feathers
  • We’ll do guided naturalist hikes all around the Island, learning about edible plants and Island biodiversity
  • We’ll learn about wildlife conservation careers and get to work alongside diverse women in science

To learn more about last year’s program, head to our Intermediate Wildlife Conservation program page (this program used to be named the Junior Wildlife Conservation program).

Who Can Apply

Girls and gender minorities aged 12 – 15 who reside in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

How To Apply

Participants must be nominated by an adult that knows them well (parents included) by April 15th.

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