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GBI Media Contest May 2022 Submissions, Part 2

GBI Media Contest May 2022 Submissions, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our May media contest gallery. (Find Part 1 HERE.) The volume and quality of May’s submissions were so great that we had no choice but to not only split the gallery into two posts, but to also declare two winners, including Research Associate, Sarah Mendoza. Sarah, who is servings alongside the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a field crew supervisor for the Mojave Desert Tortoise Program, had this to say about the image above: “Found while doing surveys at Gold Butte National Monument this spring, this desert tortoise hatchling is taking the perfect opportunity to soak up some much needed water after a recent storm!”


Thanks to Sarah and our other winner, Jesse Nelson, as well as to all of the other entrants, for bringing these great wildlife photos to us. A special thanks is also due to Alissa Gardner who has been managing the media contest for the past several years. Alissa has served as the Research Associate Program Coordinator out of our Southern Nevada Office, but is now moving on to other adventures. Her energy and enthusiasm will be missed, and we wish her nothing but the best in her new endeavors.



Madison Geisser, AmeriCorps, Biological Technician, Camas National Wildlife Refuge, UFSWS. “This is just some of the wildlife I have been lucky enough to see through my binoculars in my first few weeks here at Camas National Wildlife Refuge. Some Great Horned Owl chicks in my backyard.”

Rebecca Finnigan, Research Associate, Compliance Archivist, Zion National Park. “Rock squirrels love to inhabit canyon walls, steep cliffs, and rocky hills, making Zion National Park an ideal home for these burrowing animals. Just remember, despite their friendly faces, they can and will bite you if you get too close.”

Ashley Nottingham, Research Associate, Environmental Education Program Specialist, Southern Nevada Agency Partnership (SNAP) Engaging Communities project, USFWS Las Vegas Field Office. “A tarantula stands guard outside of its burrow at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.”

Robin Jenkins, AmeriCorps, California Condor Monitoring Technician, Yurok Condor Restoration Program. “This male California quail began hanging out on the deck of our field house recently. He will walk up to our glass door and peek inside, making his squeaky chirping calls, but is primarily content to sit on the deck railing. When he’s resting, his already rounded body becomes almost perfectly spherical and it’s adorable!”

Joli Stavish, AmeriCorps, Tortoise Telemetry Technician, Mojave Desert Tortoise Program, USFWS, Boulder City Conservation Easement. “Radio tracked desert tortoise”

Allie Nowicki, AmeriCorps, Biological Technician, Camas National Wildlife Refuge, UFSWS. “Moose and her calf.”

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