Hillary Page doing field work, Kootenay River Ranch, BC (Photo by NCC)

Hillary Page doing field work, Kootenay River Ranch, BC (Photo by NCC)

BC Interns 2013

Invertebrate sampling, British Columbia (Photo by Nigel Finney)

Invertebrate sampling, British Columbia (Photo by Nigel Finney)

Every summer the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) welcomes conservation interns to our team to help monitor our conservation lands. The interns are without exception an enthusiastic group. This year we are pleased to have the help of two keen biologists-in-training.

Our 2013 interns, Kate Wilson and Braydi Rice, took some time out of their busy field schedule to share a bit about their background and what draws them to the conservation cause.

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson (Photo by NCC)

Kate Wilson (Photo by NCC)

Where do you hail from?

I'm a Vancouver Island girl, born and raised. I grew up in Nanaimo but I moved to Victoria for school and have been here for the last five years.

What are you studying and where?

I am studying in the environmental technology program at Camosun College in Victoria.

What interested you about being a summer intern for NCC?

I was very interested in a field-based job where I could use and develop the skills I've acquired during my school program over the last three years. I also wanted to be a part of the integral work NCC does to protect ecologically significant areas in Canada.

What are you most looking forward to as an NCC summer intern?

I am looking forward to visiting the conservation agreements to see the permanently protected natural gems we have in the West Coast BC region.

Why do you think land conservation is important?

I think land conservation is important for biodiversity, our natural history, protecting the intrinsic value of the land and protecting natural areas for future generations to enjoy.

What is your favourite natural spot and why?

I have many favourite natural spots. It's hard to choose one! I love China Beach within the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park on the West Coast of Vancouver Island for its remote wilderness and the left-hand point break for surfing. Another favourite would be NCC’s Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve in the Cowichan Valley, especially when it's in full bloom with wildflowers!


Braydi Rice

braydi rice_intern 2013_courtesy Braydi Rice_thumb

braydi rice_intern 2013_courtesy Braydi Rice_thumb

Where do you hail from?

Home is Invermere, BC (although was born in Vancouver and lived a short while in Prince George until the age of three).

What are you studying and where?

My current school is Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's. However, I first attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, but transferred after my first year.

What interested you about being a summer intern for NCC?

I chose to apply to the opportunity with NCC based on two things: One, that NCC would give me the opportunity to further improve on field skills and knowledge; and two, that I would be able to work in an area I both know and admire. Being home in the mountains is a nice break from the ocean.

What are you most looking forward as an NCC summer intern?

I'm most looking forward to potentially being able to participate and experience the bioblitz in the BC Flathead, and getting to help monitor the bats in the area. Both are completely new to me and seem very exciting.

Why do you think land conservation is important?

We're losing so much of the natural areas that in order to protect them, land conservation work is inevitable. We need people and organizations such as NCC to help conserve what is left, so that we may have those areas and ecosystems in the future. The effects and end result if we didn't have land conservation are incomprehensible. And more specifically to me, I believe they're important so that we have the chance to enjoy and experience the vast and diverse natural environment around us.

What is your favourite natural spot and why?

Trying to pick just one spot is difficult, however I would have to choose the first place that I went backpacking: Early Grey Pass Trail. Hiking this trail was my first opportunity to spend any long amount of time in the mountains and is definitely one of the reasons I went to university to study biology. I enjoyed my time hiking and exploring the Purcell Mountains so much that as I ended up out east I've travelled to every National and Provincial Park on the east coast.

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