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If you're interested in promoting sustainability or working outdoors, the College of Natural Resources has a program that will help you pursue your passion.

‘21 @NCStateAlumni Audrey Keen found her passion in the fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology program. Read how #NCStateCNR set her up for success at @marinemollusks_ncsm and make sure to join her tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 20, on our Instagram Story as she highlights her work and as a pre-Halloween treat, some deep-sea creatures she works with on a daily basis. 🦑

“The animals I learn about here excite me, and I love to share what I learn with others. Whether I’m giving a tour of our lab, talking to coworkers or friends, posting on social media or even talking to a stranger, I might manage to talk about mollusks. Any awareness about these inverts is awesome. One thing I experienced while being here is that my boss, Art Bogan, identified zebra mussels on moss balls that were being sold in pet stores. The identification of species, curation of data and locality are all important for proper conservation applications and awareness of human impact —  locally and globally. 
 
What I learned about in the College of Natural Resources has really set me up for success so far. Learning about taxonomy and how to identify animals has helped me be able to look out for identifying characteristics, and proper scientific nomenclature. Our Geographical Information System (GIS), science communication and other conservation courses are applicable when I’m working on our social media, organizing specimens in the range and using various mapping programs while databasing.” — @audrey_parkerr

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Another great place to #leafpeep without the crowds is Jordan Lake Educational State Forest. 😍🍁🍂

One of seven Educational State Forests operated by the North Carolina Forest Service, Jordan Lake Educational State Forest offers a unique experience in the outdoors. Located in Chapel Hill, the 900-acre state forest is located beside the nearly 14,000-acre Jordan Lake. We highly recommend the other six Educational State Forests across the state as well, as these tend to be smaller forests with self-guided trails with exhibits, tree identification signs, forest education centers and talking tree trails for children — or those who are still young at heart.

Within the forest, visitors can take in the beauty of the area and the wildlife that call it home, including songbirds, flying squirrels and beavers. With a few short trails and the two-mile Forest Demonstration Trail, you’re sure to enjoy great views of the lake.
Some of the best places to view foliage at its peak are North Carolina’s state parks, county parks and city parks. This year, fall foliage will peak across the inland regions of North Carolina between October 12 and 28. Along the coast, foliage is expected to peak between October 19 and November 4. We’ve compiled a list of some destinations in North Carolina where you can enjoy a good show of fall color without the crowds, so follow along on our Instagram over the next several days. 

If you’re looking for scenic walks through a forest to contemplate life’s beauty and mysteries, then look no further than Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake, North Carolina. Here, longleaf pine forests offer nine trails of varying lengths, from a half-mile trail known as Dead End Spur Trail to the scenic 4-mile Longleaf Pine Trail. Carvers Creek is the perfect site for birding, where all eight species of woodpeckers can be found, along with several other bird species.
 
Established in 2005, the park encompasses more than 4,000 acres and offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking and fishing. You can also see historic structures like the Rockefeller House, the former winter vacation home of James Stillman Rockefeller, the late great-nephew to John D. Rockefeller of Stanford Oil and 1924 gold medal Olympian for rowing.
Give a warm welcome to our new recruitment coordinator Ellie Rinehart 👋 Ellie is a '20 sport management @NCStateAlumni who is currently pursuing her master's degree with @ncstateprtm. 

"The College of Natural Resources provided me with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience for me to be able to succeed in this role. While I was a student in CNR, I got to participate in a variety of different programs, internships, and events that the College offered.

I am most excited about meeting prospective students and being to showcase how great the College of Natural Resources is. We have so much to offer here at the College and I can't wait to assist students in calling CNR home." — @ellie_rinehart

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Meet Wilson Xiong, a former Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and ‘16 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology in @ncstate_fer. 👋

Since graduation, Wilson has worked on fisheries monitoring and research projects on the East and West Coasts, as well as the Caribbean. He has also worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is currently working in the Fangue and Rypel Lab for the University of California, Davis.

We caught up with Wilson to learn more about what drew him to conservation and how he hopes to promote diversity within conservation.

“Growing up as a first-generation Hmong American, I didn’t have much. I was introduced to fishing and hunting by my father to provide food for my family. Being outside around nature, I knew I always wanted a job that allowed me to work outdoors. Conservation issues that interest me are fisheries management and finding new innovative ways to conserve natural resources.

I hope to promote diversity within conservation by being a resource to fellow Doris Duke Conservation Scholars (DDCSP) members and future conservationists. Currently, I am the administrator for the DDCSP Collaborative Mentoring program. I help current members engage with other members who have already been through the program to give guidance.

In my free time, I help people of color in the field of conservation with job applications, CV reviewing, and have deep conversations about conservation issues. I hope to bring diversity awareness in the field of conservation as much as possible.”
#TBT to the dog days of summer. No matter the season, Ol’ State is the perfect place to be. 🔴⚪ @NCState #NCStateOnCampus
Meet Eanas Alia, a former Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and ‘16 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental technology and management in @ncstatefb. 👋

During her time in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, Alia researched saltwater wedges in Puerto Rico and worked as a laboratory technician for the South Florida Water Management District. She now works as an environmental analyst at Kimley-Horn, a planning and design consulting company.

We caught up with Eanas to learn more about her time in the program and what drew her to conservation.

“Conservation is a big element of my beliefs and responsibility to be a steward of the land. My mother came from a farming family, so there was an integral part of respect and acknowledgment of the importance of conservation for all living things. Water quality and land management are the conservation issues that interest me most. They are critical to survival and are a right for every human as far as food, water and shelter.

My cohort traveled around North Carolina and Puerto Rico during the summer of 2014. We participated in Stone Mountain Trout Day, conducted a bird count in the mountains of Tennessee, studied American oystercatchers at Cape Hatteras, and did research and collected samples in Puerto Rico. To say it was life-changing is an understatement. You can imagine the different scientists we got to meet, and the amount of cultural and natural experiences that took place within such a diverse summer. It was hard to pick just one experience, but that first summer in the program will always be one of the best summers of my life.”
Stay tuned to our Instagram Stories throughout next Monday, Oct. 4, for a takeover by #NCStateCNR student @claire.hammontree, a senior in paper science and engineering in @ncstatefb and @ncsutappi member. Claire will be live from TAPPICon in Atlanta, Ga., for an inside look into a day at the annual pulp and paper conference. #CNRStudentTakeover #tappicon 

Update: Miss our takeover? Check it out under TAPPICon ‘21 in the Highlights section of our profile.
Meet Daniel Choi, a former Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and ‘21 graduate with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology in @NCState_FER. 

During his time in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program, Choi studied Bachman’s sparrows in Fort Bragg, NC. He has future plans to work as a research biologist for the National Park Service or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, both of which he has previously interned. 

We caught up with Choi to talk about what he learned about diversity in the conservation field during his time in the program.

“Advocating for diversity within conservation has many benefits. One is that whole groups of people who would not otherwise be exposed to conservation and the outdoors are brought in. And programs like these have a trickle-down effect: by providing opportunity, you can change one person’s life trajectory, and they then have an unavoidable impact on everyone around them.

A second benefit is that people from different cultural backgrounds always think differently and see things that others do not. Diversity in the conservation field means doing the best conservation we can do.”
Over the next couple of weeks, we are introducing you to some of the recent graduates of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program with @NCState_FER. This is a two-year experiential learning program for undergraduate students that focuses on conservation and diversity within the conservation field.

Meet Sasha Pereira, a ‘21 graduate with a degree in zoology and minors in ecology and environmental education. Sasha now works as a fisheries technician in Jackson, Wyo., where she studies the role of spring-fed streams in Yellowstone cutthroat trout reproduction.

“One of my most memorable experiences as a Doris Duke Scholar occurred when I met my cohort for the first time during Conservation Leadership Week (CLW), which involves a series of activities and field trips based out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) in West Virginia. CLW was the first time I had ever met a large number of fellow environmental enthusiasts from a variety of different backgrounds, and spending time with them was a wonderful experience.

At NCTC, we were introduced to and participated in several common field sampling techniques, such as setting up mist nets to catch and band birds. Trying to put on waders without falling into the deep end of the pond or knocking someone else over was quite a bonding moment. I met many of my best friends through DDCSP, and my cohort remains close to this day, despite most of us having graduated and moved on to other adventures.” — @sasha_piranha
Happy first day of fall, y’all! 🍂🍁 We can’t wait ‘til campus looks like this again. 😍 Until then, let’s enjoy those pumpkin spice lattes and crisp morning walks.