May, 2008 Meeting: Beth Cortright 2008 Trip to Galapagos Islands
|Date:||May 7, 2008|
|Location:||Cincinnati Nature Center, Rowe Woods directions|
A new member of the GCHS, (joined December, 2007) Beth Cortright visited Galapagos Islands in January, 2008 with a group from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She will be sharing her experiences with us at the May meeting. Many thousands of photographs were taken at this extrodinary event, you won't want to miss her presentation!
MEET THE SPEAKER
Beth Cortright is a junior Biology major at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She is particularly interested in environmental or animal science and currently looking into graduate programs within those two concentrations.
Beth works at Red Wolf Sanctuary in Dillsboro and Rising Sun, Indiana (mostly seasonal), volunteers with the Western Wildlife Corridor on the west side of Cincinnati, and has worked with the school's biology department on a tiger beetle research project.
At Red Wolf Sanctuary Beth mostly did the physical, hands-on work at the new location, building enclosures and fences, but also had the privilege of working with the animals (wolves, bears, foxes, coyotes, raptors, and more!). Alongside her dad, wandering all along the hillsides of Delhi, Beth is an expert honeysuckle cutter. The tiger beetle survey was funded by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and conducted with Dr. Gene Kritsky, Jessee Smith, and another student, Michelle Duennes. Beth really liked the surveying aspect and atmosphere, and considers something like this as a possible option for post-undergraduate work.
Most recently, Beth has been traveling and continues to plan more trips! Her latest excursion was part of a biology course at the Mount, when a small group of students, professors, and alumni of the college visited the Galapagos Islands.
This amazing opportunity was not taken lightly: the class estimated they took over 14,000 pictures and Beth alone has over 2,000 pictures and videos! She can't wait to share her experiences of this incredible place with the Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society! Next, Beth is excited to be going to Egypt and possibly Israel this summer, as well as a few trips to Florida for marine biology and Utah for more survey work.