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Jessica Sattler, Rookies for Recovery Intern
October 23, 2018
I don’t know very much about plants. As a botany intern, that makes me a bit of an oddball amongst my colleagues, who might be proud of me for learning the scientific names of the most common tree species in...
Leiloni Wonch, Rookies for Recovery Intern
October 23, 2018
As a Rookies for Recovery intern with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, all senses have to be on deck, especially when you are working alongside the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Palm...
 Kim Watts, Rookies for Recovery Intern
October 23, 2018
On a hot June morning, I’m slowly walking through creosote scrub in the Sonoran Desert to survey for flat-tailed horned lizards (FTHL). To find these camouflaged lizards, I need to locate footprints and...
Emmeleia Nix, Rookies for Recovery Intern
October 23, 2018
Blip, blip. I turn the antenna left and the steady “blip” weakens… colder. I turn the antenna right and the “blip” is louder. Warmer, so I step towards it. If you just follow the...
Makenna Spencer, Rookies for Recovery Intern
October 23, 2018
It is 5 o’clock in the evening and I’m getting dressed to start my work day. I pick up a tiny white mouse and pack it into my hiking bag. By 9 o’clock, my coworker and I have bushwhacked our way...
Isabelle Parsons, Southfields Consultancy
October 23, 2018
Westgate Conservancy’s thorny acacia scrubland is the archetypal image of Kenya’s northern rangelands. Registered in 2004 by Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), Westgate Conservancy provides a vital...
Anne Sabol
October 22, 2018
For any critically endangered species, conservation breeding programs offer a way to bolster the numbers of that species in a safer environment than the wild. This is particularly true of the ‘alalā, or...
October 22, 2018
I am looking through a tiny porthole through which I can see 13 young California condors in a socialization pen (photo 1). This is a one-way mirror, so the condors cannot see me, but I can see them. They are...
October 22, 2018
For the past 25 years, the Institute for Conservation Research at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has maintained an off-site breeding and research center for critically endangered rock iguanas.   This area...
October 22, 2018
There is a weed invasion in California, and it stinks. Globe chamomile or Stinknet Oncosiphon piluliferum, is a small, herbaceous plant with a noxious odor that is native to South Africa. Although the...

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