On February 10, we welcomed Kylie McLatchy as she began a year of service with the Preservation Trust as our first-ever AmeriCorps team member. As a field tech, she will work closely with Stewardship Manager Kathleen Foley Lewis on both the Western Bluebird Reintroduction and Island Marble Butterfly Habitat Expansion projects.
Kylie comes well prepared for this area of service. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also grew up in the Old Dominion state, but she’s no stranger to the San Juan Islands. For a year before beginning her service with us, Kylie completed an intership at the San Juan Island National Historic Park. There, she worked with Park personnel on Island Marble Butterfly conservation projects. She is also trained in bird identification, bird surveying methods, banding, and data synthesis.
On her resume, Kylie states her career objective as a “driven, dependable, and career-oriented graduate with a passion for conservation looking to further enhance my skills and knowledge.” She’s off to a great start. Welcome, Kylie!