Hey all, my name is Lauren. College student, aspiring wildlife biologist and very amateur photographer, hoping to share my adventures. Slight backstory…Though I now live in North Carolina and attend UNC-Chapel Hill (go Heels), I grew up in Boise, Idaho and spent my summers outdoors–camping, hiking, hot springing, birding, and exploring the mountains of Idaho, largely thanks to my nature-loving dad. I began dipping my toe into the wildlife bio field when I was 14. I volunteered at the Idaho Bird Observatory (now Intermountain Bird Observatory, the absolute best thing I ever did during high school, embarrassing and cute pictures to come in future post) and the World Center for Birds of Prey, the headquarters of the Peregrine Fund. When I moved to Asheville, NC after my sophomore year of high school, I volunteered with a local branch of the Forest Service on a reptile and amphibian study before losing myself a bit in the chaos of moving and transitioning to college. I started college on the pre-med track, thinking about money and job stability, only to realize halfway through a lonely and stressful summer of classes that I wasn’t happy. I kept finding myself walking through the trees, staring up at the birds. I finally changed my major to Environmental Science and began connecting with the people that would inspire me to take the next steps toward a career in wildlife. This summer, I was accepted to Boise State University’s Raptor Research REU Program, an internship funded by the National Science Foundation. I will be studying the Northern Goshawk in the Sawtooth National Forest in Southern Idaho. Look forward to a little science, some stories, and a lot of pictures!