Thursday, February 26, 2009

Career Fair and Facebook

We're still working through the death of the C-drive on the education computer at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. The drive has been replaced, but all the software has not been loaded back to the computer. Everything should be as it was by the end of the day on Saturday.

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of presenting the career opportunities in environmental education and conservation to the students at the Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville, SC. The image shows the table full of items from the center's touch table along with a "looks so real" Bobcat (Lynx rufus) and a plethora of flora and fauna images rotating every five seconds on the laptop screen. The items on the table included a Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) leg, a Beaver (Castor canadensis) skull, a White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) skull, a Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota) skin, an Easten Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) shell, a Yellow-bellied Slider (Trachemys scripta scripta) shell (with leg bones attached), a Barred Owl's (Strix varia) wing and talons, feathers (Barred Owl, Wild Turkey, Turkey Vulture [(Cathartes aura)]) and the "real, but dead" Bobcat. Did we note that the Bobcat was real, but no longer alive? The students still have plenty of time to decide what career it is that they wish to pursue, but we may well have met a future naturalist during our conversations.

Facebook now hosts the "I Love Francis Beidler Forest" group. If you are on Facebook or know someone who is, direct them to our ILFBF group. It is one more way that you can keep in touch with what is happening at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. Additionally, you may strike a friendship with one or more of the 63 members currently in the group. You KNOW that we love it here, join the "I Love Francis Beidler Forest" group and let the world know that you do too!

Images by Mark Musselman

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