In the winter of 2014, seven, third year students in the Department of Environmental and Wildlife Management had the opportunity to complete their final internships in three international locations.
Thanks to the continued partnership between Vanier College and The Canadian Organization For Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC), four EWM students completed internship projects at the Cano Palma location in Costa Rica (Michael Panzera, Patrick Lauriault, Blanca Ramirez, and Kiera O’Hagan). All students continued work on the ACER Plots, contributing valuable data to this project, originally set up by a Vanier student in 2012. In addition, two of the students also contributed to other long-term monitoring projects at Cano Palma, including a Caiman Monitoring Census and a Shorebird Census.
Two students (Rosemin Nathoo and Daniel Hiscock-Haney) found themselves in the Belizian Rainforest interning with Ecorana at the T.R.E.E.S hosting center. These two helped to collect valuable baseline data by performing an initial forest survey of the 200 acre property. This data will be used in conjunction with a variety of other projects including migratory bird studies, herpetofauna surveys, and mammal censuses.
The final EWM student (Kyle Gagnon) interned at the Alouatta Primate Sanctuary in Chiriqui Province, Panama. Alouatta’s mission is to protect native wildlife populations while creating opportunities for visitors and students to learn about tropical forests. Kyle spent six months in Panama interning with Alouatta’s wildlife conservation and education program, specifically, working on troop identification guides, running school groups, and performing conservation education. He also contributed greatly to the overall sanctuary’s goal of primate rehabilitation.
The Department of Environmental and Wildlife Management would like to offer a sincere thank you to the Vanier’s International Education Office and to CEGEP International, whose help and support were instrumental in accomplishing these projects.