Published October 20, 2021
TerraCorp Member Serves Audubon in Land Conservation Efforts
Audubon welcomes Lincoln Dark, a TerraCorps member serving as a Land Stewardship Coordinator with our conservation staff. Lincoln will also assist our education staff in community engagement and programming. TerraCorps, a newer affiliation of AmeriCorps, was founded on the principles and practices of service with an emphasis on land conservation.
Lincoln graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Wildlife and Conservation Biology. As an undergrad, Lincoln worked on the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study and conducted soil and microbiology research. This past summer, he monitored a colony of Arctic and Common Terns in Maine with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Lincoln is applying his technical and natural history skills to many projects at Audubon, but his main focus will be improving the mapping of refuges and conservation easements using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). “Being able to use GIS technology in the field has revolutionized the way we can monitor Audubon properties and ensure that our boundaries are respected by neighboring properties” Lincoln explained. “My service with Audubon is a perfect complement to my current Masters’ coursework at URI in remote sensing and spatial analysis. I am able to take what I’ve learned in school and take it outside of the classroom to apply in the real world.”
Lincoln is also currently collaborating with Audubon educators and RIDEM to develop a program where he will present lessons in the safe enjoyment of wildlife and the outdoors to classrooms, both in-person and virtually. We look forward to advancing our refuge management and environmental education with Lincoln’s help, as he serves with Audubon through July 2022.