New WFSU Ecology Intern To Help Out at Lake Elberta

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Chloe Thompson is a ninth grader at SAIL High School in Tallahassee. Chloe is our WFSU Ecology intern for the spring of 2021, and she is tasked with helping Apalachee Audubon in their many projects at Lake Elberta. One of her main priorities is organizing a trash cleanup. As we can see in the video, the park attracts some interesting wildlife, but the birds are often wading among trash.

Hello! My name is Chloe, I am a new intern working with WFSU and Apalachee at Lake Elberta. I am currently a 9th-grade student at a local area high school. I am excited to explore and observe all the wonders that are around the area! Ever since I can remember, I have been in love with all sorts of art and academics. Normally with activities that are indoors. But, I am looking forward to having the opportunity to be able to gain a better appreciation for nature and be able to embrace it!

One of my favorite subjects has always been science, specifically biology. In the past, I have done several projects and participated in several programs that have focused on other parts of biology, like microbiology and physiology. Wanting to broaden my biological knowledge, I wanted to not just research, but actively participate in conducting some ecology-based research of my own and making a difference to a wildlife hotspot that needs our help.

Helping out Apalachee Audubon at Lake Elberta

While I am interning for WFSU and Apalachee Audubon, I will be helping with a few projects at Lake Elberta. One of those projects I want to partake in is cleaning up the immense amount of trash around the park. This will involve organizing community trash clean-ups and finding a way to reduce the amount of trash being dumped around the park. Along with this, I also want to reach out to the community. Both surveying the community to see what they enjoy about the park and educating the community about the area and its condition. These two projects would help the park overall, either to improve its physical condition or keep the park lively with visitors.