Stephanie’s August 2021 Blog

Hello all! This summer has gone by so fast, it is hard to believe that this will be my last blog post!

Though my internship will be ending in a few weeks, I have still been busy here at BCCDKY! Recently I have completed my independent research project regarding the bat species present within Boone County. Using stationary audio data collection methods, I have confirmed the presence of four bat species at Boone Cliffs Nature Preserve, four bat species at Dinsmore State Nature Preserve, and two bat species at Conservancy Park Belleview! It has been super cool to see the biodiversity present in these parks! If you’re interested in learning more about my results and what other research projects BCCDKY has conducted, check on the Student Research page underneath the Education Programs tab. Additionally, if you would like to see what bats are in your area, BCCDKY has Echo Meter Touches that you can rent out and attach to your iPhone in order to see what bat species are living near you!

While I have done many exciting things this summer, my internship will sadly come to a close next week. After my internship I will be returning to Miami University in order to complete my Master of Environmental Science. Upon graduating with my Masters degree in May of 2022 I will be searching for a job regarding conservation! I am so glad to have been able to intern here at BCCDKY. Working with BCCDKY has been amazing this summer and I could not have asked for a better summer internship. I have learned so much and have been able to grow as a student and a professional as well. I will forever be grateful for the time I’ve got to spend here at BCCDKY and for all the wonderful people I have met this summer. I would like to give a special thanks to Susan, Mark and Pavla for the knowledge they have bestowed upon me, the entertainment they have provided, and for just making my summer the best one yet! I would also like to thank the wonderful citizens of Boone County for allowing me to work and grow within your beautiful county. Lastly, I would like to thank any of you who have read my blogs throughout this summer.


Best Wishes,

Stephanie Spence

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