Hello Boone County! Welcome to my very first summer intern blog. My name is Jaron Cooper I am currently Boone County Conservation District’s (BCCD) forest health intern. A little bit about me: I am a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky University studying Wildlife Management. I was born and raised in Boone County and am so grateful for this internship experience not only for the fact that I am getting priceless experience in the field but also just as exciting is the fact that I get to give back to my community that I have gotten so much from.
My first couple of weeks at BCCD have been focused on the Conservation Kids camp and getting my toes wet with the ultrasonic wildlife recording of bats in Boone County. Conservation Kids camp is always a great experience, getting to see the kids get excited about conservation is always inspiring. The theme for camp this year was the Lewis and Clark expedition, the children got to learn about the animals and plants that the expedition had experiences with on the journey. Learning how to work the bat boxes which are specialized microphones to record bats is a process I am finding very enjoyable.
I am looking forward to the rest of my summer with BCCD and the projects to come! Stay in touch as I will be writing a couple more blog posts before the summer is over.