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C-NS student job shadows in the Adirondacks

In addition, McNulty, and a few other high school groups that were visiting, helped crew members set up traps so that small mammals could be brought to the lab for a brief analysis of the animal's weight, sex and reappearance to the area.

Day 2 -- Feb. 18

In the morning, Curry said she helped retrieves animals form 12 of the 50 set traps, which the crew said was a large amount.

After the traps were brought to the "zoo," also known as the lab, Wildlife Biologist Charlotte Demers explained the ecology of small mammals. Curry said the traps contained several shrews, field mice and two flying squirrels, which the crew said was unusual because they are seen as "too large" to fit into the "bucket-shaped" traps.

Curry said she and the students were advised to release the animals in the same location that they were captured to avoid any "territorial scuffles."

Also, Curry learned that some local beavers were not hibernating, possibly because of the warmer weather, and were working on their lodge.

The experience

The "hands-on experience," was most rewarding to Curry, who has been on a shadow before in which she "just sat there and had to watch someone else."

"Being able to participate in what they actually do, and being outside," Curry said were the best parts of her job shadow.

"A series of hands-on activities at a field station is a great way for students to learn," McNulty said. "As part of SUNY ESF, a college dedicated to education in the environment sciences, it's our specialty to offer such experiences for students."

Preparing for college courses, Curry said she is adamant in taking as many science classes at C-NS, especially biology, in which she hopes to major in at SUNY-ESF.

Although she is not positive on where she will attend college as of now, SUNY ESF is definitely on the top of her list, Curry said.

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