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Thank You Emma!

June 2, 2017 By Suzanne Kahn Filed under Article Tags: artsinternships

Associated People Kristen Grant

Emma Shedd, a graduating senior of Cape Elizabeth High School, spent the past three weeks interning at the Wells Reserve. She worked for one of those weeks with our Maine Sea Grant partner, Kristen Grant, adding coastal access content to the Sea Grant website. The other two weeks were spent contributing to the Reserve's education program with the creation of two beautiful canvas murals. One of the murals will hang on the big yellow barn, welcoming children to summer camp, and the other will be used during education programs to introduce the beach habitat to students. We are incredibly grateful to Emma for her time and talent, and hope she will come back for a visit soon! Safe travels, Emma! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Emma Shedd

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If you're reading this article, you probably own a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It is also likely that you have at least one unused or broken device languishing in a closet somewhere. What exactly is the responsible thing to DO with these things?


We at the Reserve have struggled with this dilemma for quite a while. Old technology was piling up in the farmhouse woodshed like cordwood. Although we didn't know what to do with it, we knew we didn’t want it ending up in the landfill.

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Crab TrappingAs an environmentalist, I'm interested in the relationship between human communities and their environments. That is, how human activities have impacted watershed environments, coastal ecologies, and others alike. The opposite perspective is also how environmental changes such as climate change and sea level rise are affecting human communities especially in coastal regions. I want to learn more about these environmental issues and explore the possibilities of conservation techniques that could benefit both sides.

As a research intern at the reserve this summer, I was keen to discover more about these topics with NOAA and how relevant it was to my past research opportunities. I have been involved in several different projects that are tide-dependent and require different monitoring/research skills.

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Associated People Ellen Gawarkiewicz

Our education program was gifted with two stellar interns this spring! Kyle Blunt, now a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, interned during his final semester of college.March Field Trip He provided valuable support during our school vacation week camps, Winter Wildlife Day, and Earth Day Celebration. Kyle also participated in docent training, assisted with the creation of education program materials, and helped to digitize years-worth of program evaluations. Kyle, Suzanne, Linda, and Kate took an education staff field trip to Harvard's Museum of Natural History in March.

For two weeks in May/June, Kennebunk High School senior Andrea Dest interned at the Reserve. She helped conduct fish research, participated in bird banding demonstrations, created a digital map with ArcGIS that demonstrates the geographic reach of our school programs across New England, and even used her artistic talent to create a new promotional bird banding sign! Andrea will be headed off to the University of Vermont's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the fall, where she plans to major in nutrition and food science. Many thanks to Kyle and Andrea for their help in this first half of 2015. Our education team and programs were made stronger because of their efforts!

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Our appreciation to the 2013 summer interns who make the "busy season" that much more efficient and effective for everyone around here. In alphabetical order (and with their favorite candy)…

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In the summer of 2009, Marissa Hammond came to us as a wide-eyed UNE freshman with little experience in research science. She has since blossomed into a NOAA scholarship award winner who has been accepted into a highly respected graduate program in fisheries management and policy. Here is what she had to say about how the Wells Reserve played a part in that journey…

marissaI am currently a senior at the University of New England, where I’m pursuing a degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to intern at the Wells Reserve studying larval and juvenile fish in the Webhannet Estuary.

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