2014 CCC Intern

Kinzie_TAIn 2014,the Chama Peak Land Alliance launched a summer internship program with Colorado State University’s Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC). The goal of this paid internship was to connect motivated CSU students who are passionate about community-led conservation with active collaborative initiatives in the region in need of internship support.  Our first intern was Mikinzie Moydell.

Mikinzie is a Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology student with a concentration in wildlife biology and a minor in Chinese language at Colorado State University. As the out-going student president of the Society for Conservation Biology at CSU she has learned crucial leadership skills that she used to be successful in her summer internship with Chama Peak Land Alliance. In addition to her leadership skills and passion for conservation, Mikinzie’s education in wildlife biology has provided her with a wide-range of knowledge ranging from basic ecology, plant identification, watershed and forest measurements, to mammology, ornithology, wildlife study design and management, live game capture, and GIS systems and mapping.

As part of her internship, Mikinzie developed a protocol for a water quality monitoring program and is integrating streamside habitat monitoring into the program to set a baseline for riparian habitat health in the Alliance region.  She also assisted with the day-to-day activities of the organization such as organizing field trips, attending board meetings, creating a Facebook page, making photographs to document Alliance events, and writing grant proposals.

To download the water quality monitoring protocol Mikinzie developed, please click HERE (.pdf 54MB).

Thanks for all your help this summer Mikinzie!