The Birds are Calling, and I Must Listen

The Birds are Calling, and I Must Listen

Spring has finally arrived! As I see the daffodils blooming outside my window, I am reminded of these words from the Romantic poet, William Wordsworth’s poem, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud. Wordsworth, along with other Romantics, sought to restore the human relationship with nature. Perhaps, in some odd sense, the COVID-19 pandemic is the reemergence of Romanticism. Even though much of the world is currently closed, the natural world remains open for animals and plants to go about their business and, in some instances, wildlife are even more free to roam. While we remain secluded, cautious and protected, birds continue to migrate and flowers continue to bloom. And during this period of social distancing, many people, including myself, have taken the time to reconnect with nature and find their own inner Romantic. Click here to read more about CCI’s Spring GIS Intern, Kethelyn Papp’s, experience reconnecting with nature in these trying times and reflecting on some of the things that matter most.

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Kethelyn Papp
2020 Spring Intern in GIS: Refined Range Mapping

For her internship, Kethelyn worked on developing refined range maps for narrow ranging threatened and endangered species and assisted with map and data requests to provide geospatial support to Defenders staff.