WAUKESHA, WIS.— While many college students rest and regroup between fall and spring semesters, four Carroll University students spent three weeks in the cold of east central Minnesota learning about wildlife predators at the Audubon Center of the North Woods.
Will Baker, a junior from Plano, Texas; Mariel Sobey, a sophomore from Mount Prospect, Ill.; Jessica Braatz, a sophomore from Eden, Wis.; and Emmaly Schwartz, a junior from Lake Villa, Ill., attended “Wolves and Other Large Predators: A Look at Predatory Ecology.” Baker, Sobey and Braatz are animal behavior majors; Schwartz is a psychology major.
"Spending my winter break at the Audubon Center was not only an ideal educational experience, but it gave me the opportunity to get a glimpse into a field of work that interests me greatly,” said Sobey.
Dr. Susan Lewis, Carroll professor of biology and marine biology, established a relationship with the Audubon Center in Sandstone, Minn., several years ago when she began taking small groups of freshmen on late summer wilderness outings before fall classes began. Since then, Carroll students have attended the semester break classes each year.
Baker said the experience solidified his plan to become an ethologist. "I can truly say that this has been one of the most important events in my life," he said.