Students gathered virtually to discuss endangered species during the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) meeting on Sept. 10.
Club officers shared a Jamboard digital brainstorming document with members, where students expressed what conservation meant to them while submitting images of their favorite species, from pandas to elephants and a variety of sea turtles.
The throughline amongst club members was taking care of different populations and their environments, understanding people’s impact, and preventing the waste of resources. Students felt that these ideas were at the core of conservation.
Phoebe Lord, the WCS Secretary, explained her favorite aspect of the club community.
“We’re always open to learning from our members,” Lord said. “It’s an educational spider web that helps us get things done.”
The club is based on collaborating within the team and educating each other.
The meeting addressed upcoming events and the importance of including members open to in-person activities, while creating opportunities for those who feel more comfortable virtually.
Virtual meetings include guest speaker events, movie nights, and trivia. Kayaking and camping trips are in the works. The club advisor, Jennifer Dugan, will host Sunday hikes – a chance to take in nature and discuss various topics each week.
Danielle Anderson, WSC President, is excited to be back in person.
“Education, conservation, via recreation, that’s how I describe it.” Anderson said. “It’s exciting to be back on campus.”
The WSC promotes recycling, educating voters on the law and policies that support conservation efforts, and hosting local clean-ups.
Kailee Huebner, WSC Vice President, was drawn to the club’s message, tangible and applicable environmental activities, and getting students involved in promoting change. Huebner is passionate about the cause.
Students can look forward to documentary movie night on Sept. 20 and a Halloween night hike planned for Oct. 26.