An Interns Perspective

Intern Sierra Schopmeyer on the left with Rescue & Release Coordinator, Carla Zepeda, giving fluids to a brown pelican

Before coming to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station I always had an interest in animals; dogs, cats, anything you could pick up without a fight. I never had a real appreciation for birds or other wildlife (Spoiler alert: I’m writing this as I play with a mouse), but when I came across the animal care internship at PHSS I felt like it was time to step outside my comfort zone. My first few weeks here were overwhelming but I knew that it would be worth it if I stuck with it. I have been exposed to all different facets of Florida wildlife during my time here and have learned so many animal care skills as well as real life skills that I will take with me when I go. From picking up Great Blue Herons in South Miami, to learning techniques to test protein levels in blood samples from Brown Pelicans, Pelican Harbor has completely reshaped my views on wildlife rescue and conservation. Though I am sad to say goodbye to all the staff and animals here at PHSS, so many doors have opened as a result and I know that all the incredible work done here will continue for many years to come.