My name is Taylor Brewer and today is my last day as a STEP student. I currently am going to WSUV to get my bachelor’s in biology. I then hope to further my education at a more fisheries focused school, possibly UW or OSU. I have known I wanted to be in the fisheries field since I was very young. My dad started me off fishing when I was two and since then I have loved it. As a kid all my friends wanted to be policemen, fire fighters, and doctors, while I wanted to be a fish hatchery worker.
Before I started I had high expectations for this position and it by far exceeded them. I had a chance to meet a variety of people such as Donna Allard, Sam Lohr, and of course Jeff Johnson. They all taught me different things. Donna taught me how to love Lily pads (and big trucks). Jeff taught me to always have two of everything. Especially scales when it is extremely windy out. Sam taught me the identification of many species of spiders, and one time in the excitement of trying to see one he flipped his kayak over. They also taught me many things that will be useful for me in the future, like surveying habitat, deploying temperature loggers, and even the basics on pit tag array systems. After staying on the refuge all summer I still am surprised how each slough, having their own minor differences, can be so diverse in their fish and wildlife community.
Submitted by Taylor Brewer