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Nature & You: Summer job can be of your own making

Youth looking for a summer job might adopt the plight of the "Butcher Bird." [BILL HORN/WILDLIFEDEPARTMENT.COM]
Youth looking for a summer job might adopt the plight of the "Butcher Bird." [BILL HORN/WILDLIFEDEPARTMENT.COM]

Summer job can be of your own making

It's not too late. Now is the opportune time for youngsters to initiate a summer job search.

Let me take this opportunity to advocate for my idea of a "make-it-yourself" seasonal employment adventure.

First, start with a problem that is in search of a solution. To my way of thinking, that is the precipitous decline of the population of a central Oklahoma songbird called the loggerhead shrike. ("Butcher bird" is another name for this species, owing to its fondness for catching small snakes and tearing them into edible bites.)

Second, you'll need some money. A "GoFundMe" plea on the World Wide Web ought to do the trick. Next, prepare yourself for some meticulous "boots-on-the-ground" research on where this bird thrives and where it does not. Finally, at summer's end you'll have formulated an action plan that encompasses your groundbreaking conclusions on what measures need to be acted upon in order to rescue this beleaguered bird from oblivion.

Good things come to those who grab a problem by the horns and wrestle it into submission.

How good is your bulldogging prowess?

— Neil Garrison, NewsOK Contributor

Neil Garrison was the longtime naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center.

Neil Garrison

Neil Garrison is an outdoor nature enthusiast. He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University/Stillwater; he earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology. Prior to his 2009 retirement, he was the Naturalist at a central Oklahoma nature center for 30... Read more ›

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