Conservation

"While my motives and focus are personal and regional for the most part, I think that being inspired by nature and being concerned for its conservation are global themes. Particularly now, the existential threat of climate change and the decline of our natural world as a result of human greed and exploitation is something that is being reckoned with worldwide. It is a situation too big for any one person to solve completely, but individuals can start by learning about and actively caring for the natural world in the places where they live. "

I volunteer as a Stewardship Volunteer and a Detroit River Hawk Watch Raptor Volunteer Spotter at Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. I occasionally participate in workdays as a Stewardship Volunteer at State Parks in Southeast Michigan with the state's Department of Natural Resources. I also serve as a volunteer surveyor of frog and toad calls. I did this in the Spring-Summer 2019 season with the Friends of the Rouge - Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey. In 2020, I was trained as a FrogWatch USA Volunteer at Detroit Zoological Society. This Spring-Summer 2021 season, I am conducting surveys on Belle Isle State Park for FrogWatch USA.

Conservation Projects & Causes

Create Conservation Project/Cause - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service | Alex Gilford

Detroit River Hawk Watch Raptor Volunteer Spotter

"Key Responsibilities: Trained volunteers conduct a standardized count of this spectacular migration of
raptors at the lower Detroit River..." Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Create Conservation Project/Cause - Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service | Alex Gilford

Stewardship Volunteer

"Key Responsibilities: Participate in selective tree removal with hand saws/loppers and invasive species
control (mowing, herbicide application, tree and brush cutting)," Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> FrogWatch USA Volunteer - FrogWatch USA | Alex Gilford

FrogWatch USA Volunteer

"The FrogWatch USA Community Volunteers are the foundation of the FrogWatch USA community - these trained individuals listen for frogs and toads during evenings from February through August and submit these observations to a national online database. Monitoring through FrogWatch USA can be an enriching experience that allows one to connect with nature and also contribute to amphibian conservation efforts. FrogWatch USA has established an expansive network of chapters across the United States, hosted at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums, nature centers, and similar organizations. Chapters...

Create Conservation Project/Cause - Michigan Department of natural Resources | Alex Gilford

Volunteer Stewardship

"Invasive plant removal: ...non-native plants out compete native plants and can reduce complex ecosystems to very simple ones with low biological diversity..." Michigan Department of Natural Resources "Native Prairie Seed Collection: ...hand collect native prairie seed at several state parks and recreation areas..." Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Sweep Net Surveying