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Where the Wild Things Are

March 21, 2011

Students Leanne Creger, Michelle Waterman, and Kristen Culp work on bird banding in the field with teaching assistant Herlitz Davis of the Smithsonian’s Migratory Bird Center.

Tucked into the rolling landscape near Shenandoah National Park, the 3,200-acre Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is home to endangered animals and the scientists who study them. Through the Smithsonian–Mason Global Conservation Education Studies, established in 2008, George Mason University students live and study at the institute near Front Royal, Virginia, where the zoo cares for and conducts research on more than 30 critically endangered species.

From learning about panda artificial insemination to debating conservation policy, Mason students have the opportunity to learn from and work alongside the world’s leading conservation scientists. Combining traditional classroom learning with field work makes this program a truly innovative partnership.

This program has been featured in the Mason Spirit magazine. Read more here.

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