Gustie Geographer works for US Fish and Wildlife

Posted on December 7th, 2009 by

"It was 5:30 am so I chose not to look at the camera or smile," says Whitney.

Here Whitney bands birds at the very brave hour of 5:30 am (which is why, she explains, she is not flashing the camera her usual big smile).

Over the past summer, Gustavus Geography major Whitney Westley worked at the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Whitney was a GIS intern working to create spatial databases and maps on invasive plant species in Minnesota like purple loosestrife and common tansy. She also got to work on several other projects. “I got to do a lot of cool things I wouldn’t have expected, like bird and duck banding as well as driving an ATV,” she says. In this photo Whitney is banding song birds for research purposes.


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