Ariana Berdote

ArianaBerdote

Stephen F. Austin State University

 

Hi! My name is Ariana and I’m from Houston, Texas. I graduated May 2015 from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Forestry-Wildlife Management. For as long as I could remember I have always had a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. I have experience working with primates, big cats, wolves, bears, and some raptors. I’m always eager to learn more and expand my skills, so needless to say I was super excited when I found out I would be interning with Sea Turtle Inc.! It has always been a dream of mine to learn about and work with marine wildlife. Camping, backpacking, fishing, kayaking, and paddleboarding are just a few of my favorite hobbies.  I hope to one day work at a state or national park, teaching people about wildlife and the importance of conserving our natural resources.

My favorite species of sea turtle would have to be the Kemp's Ridley. Last summer I got the opportunity to see hatchlings up close being released in South Padre. I remember the park ranger describing the babies as “Oreos of the sea” everything wants to eat them! Seeing everyone work together and watching those little guys following their instincts, racing to the sea as the sun came up is something I’ll never forget. I’m excited to get to work with people who share my passion for wildlife conservation.