iTwixie interviewed three of the four college graduates who make up the prairie dog expert team. One student was not available for this interview, because she is working on her masters degree in wildlife video/photography in England. She is doing a documentary on the prairie dog study! Cool, right?
Here’s our interview of the prairie dog expert team:
1) Why did you come and work on this prairie dog study?
- “I have always wanted to work with animals, and I had just graduated college and was ready for an adventure. A friend of mine and fellow research assistant told me about her wonderful experience working with Dr. John Hoogland, a very well-respected biologist, and it was the perfect opportunity! Moving to Colorado to study prairie dogs was such a fun adventure, and as John says, I will definitely have some stories to tell my grandchildren! Look for any opportunities you can to follow your dreams while you’re young! You’ll never regret it.”
- “I have never worked with prairie dogs before and was curious about them and wanted to learn more about them. Another reason was to see a new area of the country that I have not seen before.”
- “I work with prairie dogs because they’re fascinating, and I’d heard from several people how enjoyable this particular project is.”
2) What was the hardest part of working on the prairie dog study?
- “I think the hardest part about working with prairie dogs is that in the end I couldn’t take a baby prairie dog home with me! They are so cute!”
- “The hardest thing for me was the cold weather. Not really that it got so cold but that the cold lasted so long. It was cold all the way through May and even a few days in June and that was very hard getting use to.”
- “The hardest thing about working with the dogs wasn’t directly related to them; the cold/wind is the most difficult part!”
3) What do you hope to do next?
- “I eventually want to become a zookeeper and work with apes. Internships like this one are a great way to get to know people in the field that you want to work in because everyone has different backgrounds and types of experience! Experiences like these will open up many doors for you! And you’ll have fun too!”
- “There are not many jobs that require the time commitment like this one did. And I feel that sitting watching for hours in cold weather everyday is one of the most difficult things to do. So for my next job I will feel that I could do anything. Also I learned a lot about ecology and behavior which I will be able to use in my next job.”
- “Working with the dogs gave me a basis to continue on with in my own research, and ideas of how to organize it. It went well, and I’m looking forward to next year! I also look forward to sharing information and enthusiasm about prairie dogss in vet school with all the ranchers kids (hehe).”
Next week we will interview Professor John Hoogland, the leader of this study. Write your questions here for him and we’ll include them in our interview!!!