Well, it is finally here, my last blog. It has been an amazing 14 months of getting to work with the Hispanic Access Foundation and getting to work for the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had in these past 14 months here at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. I wouldn’t have been able to have had all these opportunities if it wasn’t for the amazing staff that I have had the pleasure to work with and their awesome support in helping me to find these different opportunities.
The growth and development I have had in the last year has been so amazing. I feel as though I have learned more in this past year about wildlife and conservation than I have before in previous jobs especially in such a short time span. From getting to work with fish for a month, to getting to help work with bighorn sheep and birds at different refuges, to also getting to continue my work with the Mexican Wolf Recovery program. I also got to really learn how to work and create programs to help educate the youth. Not only did I get to expand my knowledge on wildlife, but I gained more insight into getting to learn how to connect with people and build connections with partners all while being able to share what I know about wildlife and how to protect them and the land. I am planning to move back into the wildlife research side of conservation so I will take my communication and outreach knowledge and use that to help me become a better biologist. It has truly, truly been the most wonderful adventure.
Although some adventures come to an end, I am also very excited for my next adventure. I am happy to inform that the next position I will be moving to will be going back to wildlife biology. I got a position as an endangered species biological technician. In this position I will get to continue my work with the Mexican Wolf Recovery program, but I will also be getting to study the Chiricahua leopard frog. I am so excited to get to continue with my passion working with endangered species and getting back into more field work.