While studying in the Environmental Studies program with a concentration in biology, I took on an internship as a student wildlife technician with Canadian Wildlife Services (CSW) to survey Alberta waterfowl and assist in banding them.
"I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity through King's ENVS program."
During the first two weeks of May, I worked out of the Edmonton CWS office sorting through years of data in order to prepare for summer waterfowl surveying. As the summer progressed, I spent three weeks in the field with a team of 8 people surveying waterfowls in southern and central Alberta as they migrated northwards.
During this internship, I learned waterfowl identification skills, general wetland ecology, and how to bait, catch and band the waterfowls. The data I collected through this work was used to estimate waterfowl populations and manage harvesting numbers in support of ongoing conservation initiatives.