University of South Florida
Tampa / Environmental Planning
Robin was accompanied by Drainage intern, Loren Plopper, when she went back out to Wekiva 7a where they set up gopher tortoise traps and then monitored them every day for 28 days. After 28 days of no activity, they could reasonably conclude that the burrow was vacant and then deconstruct the trap. They also collapsed inactive burrows to keep track of the tortoises on site, as they sometimes like to move around and take over abandoned burrows.
Robin is installing bucket traps on tortoise burrows at the Wekiva 7A Project
I am so proud of the work I have been able to participate in during my summer internship with WGI! I have learned so much about environmental services including endangered species management, surveys, and relocation; wetland delineation and mitigation services; and the practical use of GPS and GIS programs. I can’t wait for the next field day and the adventures it will bring!
Robin working at Wekiva 7A where she helped the Environmental team dig up a tortoise, and a baby tortoise the team later released at a state park.
5/16/2018 / Notes from the field: First-time intern Robin Rives (USF) and I spent the day conducting pedestrian transects for protected species and wetlands in Lake County just off of U.S. Highway 27; for those interested, it is located opposite Lake Louisa State Park. WGI has been contracted to design and permit improvements to Schofield Road for Lake County on behalf of a local landowner. As you can see, there is a lot to “improve”. Robin is proudly displaying a six-lined racerunner lizard she caught underneath a prostrate sheet of plywood.
We also observed active gopher tortoise burrows, small lakes and marshes typical for this part of Florida, a U-pick blueberry farm, and quite a few cows. We will be returning to Schofield Road next week to complete our field assessment and will prepare a report describing the results of our investigation.