Featured EcoLeader

 
Colleen Smiley, Catawba College, NC
 
This week’s Featured EcoLeader is Colleen Smiley, a student leader at Catawba College and 2014 NWF Emerging Leader Fellow. Colleen is a senior at Catawba College majoring in Biology, Environmental Education and Sustainable business and communities. Colleen works at the Center for the Environment located at Catawba College.  One of the exciting opportunities presented to her at the Center for the Environment has been working on the Redesigning our Future;  a National Environmental Summit for High School students. This summit focuses on each student’s talents and shows them how they can use their unique gifts to play an important role in the future of our world.   As part of her NWF Fellowship, Colleen is leading a citizen science, “Wildlife App” project associated with the 189 acre Catawba Ecological Preserve and the 300 acre Catawba Wildlife Refuge in North Carolina. The app will allow visitors to upload photos of flora and fauna found in the parks, find descriptions and use GPS to identify the location of what was found. The goal is that the app will provide a valuable tool for visitors and promote conservation efforts in the parks. Learn more and connect with Colleen. Congrats Colleen and keep up the great work!

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