Hi, my name is Hannah Krause and I am a Conservation Ambassador and want to Pay It Forward to the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders!
MY FUNDRAISING GOAL – $500
MY WLA STORY + WHY I WANT TO PAY IT FORWARD
I attended the Pennsylvania Institute for Conservation Education’s Wildlife Leadership Academy during the last three summers. The first year I applied as a student to Bucktails field school because of my interests in white-tailed deer and hunting. During field school, we learned things related to the deer, like their habitat, age, diet, behavior, and population management. Time was spent identifying plant species that impact deer and how those plants (and others) were used to give us information about deer. We also took time to appreciate nature through journaling and photography.
During the week, I couldn’t believe how much I didn’t know about deer that I was able to learn through the different instructors. It was great to be in a small class with other students who shared my passion. The week was balanced with team building, learning, games, and competitions. I made a lot of new friends and had a lot of fun. Also, the program is set up so that the skills that have been acquired provide the confidence to continue working on service and educational projects once you leave.
Two summers ago, it was a privilege to attend the Drummers field school as an Assistant Team Leader. This past summer, I was selected to attend the Brookies field school, also as an Assistant Team Leader. I was able to return as an Assistant Team Leader to these two schools because of the amount of outreach completed after attending Bucktails, and subsequently Drummers. As an Assistant Team Leader, my learning was enhanced by not only gaining further education about Ruffed Grouse and Brook Trout (which was awesome!), but also by teaching fellow students about leadership skills. I was able to share knowledge about how to complete outreach and work on conservation efforts for the Wildlife Leadership Academy.
I have had so many experiences as a function of my WLA outreach. I’ve performed duck, goose, and owl banding with the PA Game Commission biologists to study population, migration patterns and test for Avian Flu. I’ve also participated at the bear check-in station and performed deer brain autopsies to test for Chronic Waste Disease. I volunteer at Red Creek Wildlife Center to help injured and abandoned animals and birds to rehabilitate. Poster boards and presentations have been shared to educate others about white tail deer and Monarch butterflies, one of my other passions. I continue to set up Monarch waystations and have tagged Monarchs for my 11th consecutive year. It’s been an honor to share my message of conservation with several publications. In addition, I’ve had the privilege of being a guest speaker on WEEU’s Jack’s Backyard morning show. I also continue to realize how much I enjoy the hobby of photographing nature and training my GSP bird dog, Bella.
Currently I am an Ambassador for Conservation Education for the Wildlife Leadership Academy. I have a digital story that is shared on YouTube. In addition, a Legacy page can be viewed here . I’m very thankful for all the opportunities that have presented as a function of my association with WLA. I’m really looking forward to other events I’ll be participating in so I can continue my learning and outreach. Everybody I work with is open to helping me achieve my goals, which has been so rewarding. I genuinely believe I am being groomed as the next generation’s leader in wildlife ecology, thanks to the inspiration and help from the Wildlife Leadership Academy. I’m looking forward to pursuing further education in a wildlife ecology program at college. Thanks to the WLA programming, I have a wonderful start.
Funds for the organization empower the Wildlife Leadership Academy to mentor passionate students. These students will become tomorrow’s conservationists. Support the organization, SAVE THE WORLD! It’s about the future for generations to come.
Because of my thrilling experience, I want to give back to the Academy and pave the pathway for future WLA Ambassadors and the entirety of the program. It is because of my eye opening journey that I am participating the Next Gen Program with my class to raise $10,000 for the future generations and the legacy of The Wildlife Leadership Academy.
Thank you for helping me in Paying it Forward! ~ Hannah
Below is a slide show of some of my favorite parts of field school!
Brain necropsy for Chronic Waste Disease on White Tailed Deer.
My Monarch Waystation at Conrad Weiser High School.
Pheasant stocking at Blue Marsh Lake, State Game Lands.
Bear Check-in with the PA Game Commission.
Avian Flu testing ducks at Middle Creek Wildife Refuge.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” -John Muir
The Wildlife Leadership Academy is a cooperative initiative of various state agencies and conservation organizations. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible. You will be supporting a worthy cause who’s mission it is to engage and empower the youth of our communities to ensure sustained wildlife, fisheries, and natural resources for years to come.
The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school age youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. The Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a cooperative initiative involving state agencies and conservation organizations.