|Emma MacDonald monitoring Calochortus coxii. Photo credit: Erin Gray|
Emma "Southwind" MacDonald was one of two 2014 IAE/NPSO interns that began in early April. Emma quickly proved herself as an important part of the 2014 CR Crew, with an honest, hard-working attitude that will make you smile. She had recently graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Management as well as a minor in Biology and was looking to gain plant conservation experience. Having been a Wilderness Park Ranger at Olympic National Park the prior summer, she came to IAE with extensive backcountry experience and a strong enthusiasm to learn as much as she could about plants. During her time at IAE, she has helped on over fifteen field projects, conducting research in all corners of the state. Emma's love for the natural world was contagious and she was an excellent naturalist inspiring interest in all of nature's curiosities- including but certainly not limited to- fungi, mammal tracks, plants and birds. She will be remembered for her excitement for strange looking insects, particularly one named Jebediah (see photo below), and her sassy sense of humor. Emma will be missed extremely because of her spunky personality, and positive 'can-do' attitude (even when poison oak is touching her face!). We wish her luck in her future endeavors and look forward to hearing about all the great adventures she will go on!
|IAE interns, Amy and Emma, holding their new friend, Jebediah, whom they found in eastern Oregon. Photo credit: Erin Gray|
Tara also made it to the winner's podium at our first ever IAE Field Olympics last August. At this grueling competition of physical ability and mental stamina Tara's mean haggis hurling abilities and speed in the relay race landed her second place overall. Her strong arm comes from all her rock-climbing adventures as well as a summer of whipping the interns into shape (no interns were actually harmed ((by Tara)) during the 2014 field season).
|The prestigious winner's podium at the 2014 IAE Field Olympics. Photo Credit: Stacy Moore.|
|Tara running the gauntlet at the IAE Field Olympics. Photo credit: Chris Johnson.|
|Taking in the views at Cape Arago. From left to right: Denise, Tara, Suzanne, Emma, Erin and Amy|
Photo credit: 10-sec timer on Canon camera.