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GIS Workshop Taught to SLCS members 2013

Michelle Kinzel

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Share your experience about the mission: This mission was a combination of a tremendously fulfilling professional and personal experience.  I was able to work alongside conservation workers doing amazing work in the fight against poachin and snaring in the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia, Africa. I shared my knowledge and skill sets for GIS and map making, and the SLCS staff shared their daily work in the fight for conservation.  I was immersed in field work in the African Bush, and experienced wildlife viewing encounters that I had dreamed of my whole life.  It was tremendously satisfying to spent hours each week in the wild beauty of the African Savannahs, and share the journey of learning and using GIS Rachel McRobb, Benson Kanyembo and Jerome Yugonot, from launching ArcGIS to creating polished conservation maps of elephant distributions and mortalities.

Anything else to share: The nature of volunteering is to give of yourself, your time, talents and resources. I was rewarded in ways that I hadn’t dare wish for, through to my soul.  Seeing wildlife without fences, with no cages or human restraints, infuses me with a passion for what I do and a satisfaction that will stay with me for a lifetime. I had the trip of a lifetime, and left knowing that I really did make a contribution to the conservation of a wild space that needs to be conserved and saved for future generations.

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