Texas A&M Spring Break Program at Trinity River Refuge
LIBERTY, March 20, 2012 - Trinity River Wildlife Refuge held its fourth annual Spring Break Internship program. Eight students, all from Texas A&M, were selected this year. From March 12-16, these students volunteered on the refuge by building 300 feet of barbed wire fence, surveying cavity-nesting boxes of wood ducks and songbirds, surveying bats, cleaning one acre of the Liberty City Park pond and a bit of Gaylor Lake of invasive water hyacinth, moving equipment out of the old maintenance facility, catching critters for Liberty Jubilee (2 snakes, 2 frogs, crawfish, and raising some domestic ducklings), clearing barb wire and vegetation from the old fence line at the new office site, and planting 50 native eastern red cedar trees. Not only did they each work nearly 60 hours during the week for free, but they enjoyed it! At least they were given one hour of college credit for all their fantastic effort.
(L) Shelby Vega, Ariana Gonzalez, Kristina Carter, Trey Hadley, Luis Martinez, Brittany Button, Laurie Lomas, Andrea Sanchez, and Wei-Wei Lin
Texas A&M interns planting native cedar trees at the new office location on FM 1011.