Archive for June, 2011

Introduction to SEAS Community Initiative Summer Internship

An overview of the project

The second year of the Bella Bella conservation internship program for high school students began on Monday. Pacific Wild is teaming up with The Nature Conservancy as we support Qqs Projects Society in providing youth in Bella Bella with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in ecology and natural resource management.

The interns will spend eight weeks working alongside Qqs’ Coastwatch field crew as they perform research and monitoring of Heiltsuk traditional territory. The majority of the internship will be spent on the Goose Island Group and surrounding waters, an area treasured for its biodiversity and cultural significance. There the interns will take part in research such as rockfish surveys, marine mammal monitoring, deer pellet transects, and intertidal surveys. They will also be setting up underwater cameras and using trail cameras to study the deer and wolf populations on the island.

Additionally, the interns will have the opportunity to share their experiences with the youth taking part in our sister internship program in Hartley Bay. Please stay tuned throughout the summer as we post updates when we return from the field each weekend.

The internship blog can also be viewed on Qqs Projects Society’s website here:

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Meet the interns and their leaders!

We are pleased to introduce our four 2011 interns:

Christina Campbell will be entering grade 12 at Bella Bella Community
School in the fall. She loves to be outdoors and is excited to be spending
the summer working out on the land. As someone who can’t see herself
spending all day in an office, she hopes this summer will open her eyes to
future career possibilities.

Dennine Reid will be starting grade 11 in the fall. She is excited to be
spending the summer outdoors, learning about the wildlife, and meeting new
people. She plans to go into the Coast Guard and thinks that this
internship will help to prepare her.

Louis Shaw just graduated from BBCS. He is looking forward to learning
about the animals in his territory and wildlife in general. This summer
may help to influence his career path.

Richard Wilson-Hall also graduated from BBCS last weekend. He can’t wait
to be working on Goose Island and gathering traditional foods. Richard
plans to go into fisheries and this internship will help him gain more
experience before entering university.

Supervising this awesome group of young people are our internship science
coordinator Diana Chan (of Pacific Wild) and camp logistics coordinator
Jaymyn LaVallee (an alumna of the 2010 internship program).

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