DVIDS – News – Idaho National Guard’s Idaho Adopt a Scientist Program Combines Environmental Stewardship with Youth Education


More than 180 seventh grade students from Heritage Middle School experienced science through a hands-on field trip to the Snake River Morley Nelson National Birds of Prey Conservation Area within the ‘Idaho National Guard’s Orchard Combat Training Center April 28-29.

The Idaho National Guard has partnered with Boise State University, the University of Idaho, the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission, and the Office of Land Management of Idaho to bring science education to students in Treasure Valley through its Adopt a Scientist program.

“The goal of the Adopt an Idaho Scientist program is to create an environment where middle and high school students can participate in local research to promote the conservation and management of Idaho’s wildlife and their habitats” said Idaho Army National Guard biologist Zoe Duran. Environmental Management Office.

Additionally, the program brings a deeper understanding of Idaho National Guard environmental stewardship and increases connectivity between Idaho students and researchers with field trips throughout the year at OCTC.

Students researched and tested the soil at CTEO. They learned about biochemistry, the dynamics of fire, and how to restore sagebrush. The students observed herbivores and the local vegetation that they eat to stay healthy. Students studied prey such as black-tailed hares and the raptors flying overhead that eat them to complete a full-circle education. Faculty and graduate students from BSU, faculty from the University of Idaho, and staff from the Idaho Rangeland Resource Commission taught the lessons.

The students then used the technology to track, investigate, and study the raptors with unmanned aerial vehicles and Global Positioning System tracking taught by Idaho Army National Guard soldiers.

“It’s important for students to understand species like the black-tailed hare and it’s dynamic across the landscape,” Duran said. “These are really important prey species for golden eagles. BLM brought a Swainson’s Hawk and a Prairie Falcon.

The NCA is home to the largest and most diverse population of breeding raptors in North America and one of the only places where military training, extensive research, public land use and livestock share the same land. Idaho Army National Guard EMO biologists have helped manage military training and conduct research used to protect the environment and limit earth disturbances since 1987.

“Preserving and improving the environment is one of the most important things we do in the Idaho National Guard, said Maj. Gen. Michael Garshak, Idaho Adjutant General and National Guard Commander. from Idaho. “The reason we have an army is to preserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all citizens and to enjoy the freedom to live in this beautiful environment, state and country. We not only take care of the environment to be able to train for it, we are actually training to be able to protect this beautiful environment.

As the premier joint-arms training site, Idaho’s OCTC is an invaluable resource for invaluable training for Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen from across the country. The OCTC allows units to simultaneously conduct live-fire and close air support training in one centralized location with its 143,000 acres of expansive terrain, world-class firing ranges and four-season climate. The Idaho Army National Guard EMO works closely with the BLM to support good environmental stewardship and sustainable military training.

Date taken: 05.04.2022
Date posted: 05.05.2022 01:27
Story ID: 419990
Location: BOISE, ID, United States

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