Shuswap Naturalist Club Award winner - 2018
By the Thompson River near
Each year a Thompson Rivers University
student in environmental studies is chosen to receive our club award. We are
very pleased to announce that Vanessa Robinson is our 2018 award recipient, a
truly worthwhile candidate.
My name is Vanessa Robinson. I study Natural
Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. I am writing to
offer my sincere gratitude for the Shuswap Naturalist Club Award.
I have worked as a tree planter and
silviculture surveyor in the Shuswap, Thompson, Nechako, and Cariboo-Chilcotin
regions. I was fortunate last summer to do rattlesnake research in the South
Okanagan in the White Lake Basin. I am getting involved with the BC Community
Bat Project, and I have conducted a few bat counts as
well (I even have an old-school bat detector!). Next season, I will likely be
working for Rob Higgins doing invasive ant research.
I just became a member at large for the Kamloops Naturalist Club. I am thrilled to be
connected with this group. I occasionally write articles on their website.
At Thompson Rivers, I am lucky to work as a
Teaching Assistant in the Dendrology and Grassland Ecology classes. I do my
best to invite other interested students to natural history events when they
come up at school or elsewhere in the city.
I’m not sure what I’ll do once I graduate –
I’m leaving that door wide open for the moment!
I’m a plant person, at heart. I am
interested in exploring plant-pollinator interactions, and I am currently
trying to get a better handle on the process of photosynthesis. But, like most
naturalists, I love birding and digging in the soil and guessing at animal
tracks in the snow.
I feel so grateful that your club raises
money to support post-secondary students engaged in knowing nature. It is
generous of your club to invest in future naturalists – perhaps a sort of
stewardship in its own right.
For me, I believe that the responsibility to
know nature deeply is paramount for anyone whose education is leading them toward
work that deals directly with the natural world.
Hope to see you on the trails!