CATS, along with the Eddy Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), are pleased to introduce Alex Caskey, our summer intern working on a fascinating project looking into wildlife friendly farming in the Champlain Valley. Alex is a graduate student at Tufts University (’18) and is currently conducting interviews with local farmers about their interactions, positive and negative, with local wildlife.
As Alex has noted, the unique working landscape of the Champlain Valley provides an intriguing backdrop for looking at human-wildlife interactions. Most of us enjoy interacting with wildlife, but few people outside of agriculture fully understand the challenges the presence of wildlife present farmers and their livelihoods. Alex’s work ties in with CATS’ mission as an accredited land trust to protect habitat and farmland.
The results of his inquiry will create a baseline of current practices in wildlife friendly farming for future investigation and recommendations for the future.
By the way, did you know that you can donate specifically to support CATS’ intern program? Just designate that’s where you’d like all or part of your donation to go, either online or through the mail.
If you’d like to know more about Alex’s work and the results of his study, give us a call at the CATS office and we’ll share it with you.
CATS Executive Director