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Staff Spotlight: Elijah DaSilva

Get to know TerraCorps Land Stewardship Coordinator, Elijah DaSilva.

1. What is your favorite part of working on the properties team at NBS?

Being on the properties team at NBS has meant that I have had my hands on many projects (pictured below trying to wrangle a chicken), making it hard to choose a favorite experience. However, I would say that doing trail checks is the best part of my responsibilities. I have been able to see the property through all four seasons and experienced the ridges after fresh snowfalls and on stormy days. Exploring the forest and being able to disconnect from the outside world as part of my job has been a real privilege.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about the TerraCorps program?

TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps based program that connects non-profits with service members whose roles focus on land conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, food security, and community engagement. My role at Norman Bird Sanctuary as the Land Stewardship Coordinator consists of trail and property maintenance, invasive species control, working with volunteers and other conservation based projects.

3. Any hobbies outside of work?

Outside of work, I find myself getting involved with hobbies such as joining an outdoor soccer league, snowboarding (when the weather permits), and volunteering at the New England Aquarium’s sea turtle rehabilitation center.

4. Fun or surprising trail cam sightings?

Despite months of trail cam photos, I did not come across anything out of the ordinary for a New England forest. However, I did enjoy seeing the photos of coyotes standing on large rocks on our Shady Glade trail and a pair of raccoons that frequented the Gray Craig corner of our property.

5. What’s a favorite spot you’ve discovered while working on campus?

There are so many spots on campus that I make sure to stop at and soak in; it is very difficult to pick a single favorite. One spot that is consistently awe-inspiring is a section on Red Fox that overlooks a small pond and the eastern profile of Hanging Rock. This spot looked even better after a snow fall that dusted the ridge in a bright white coating contrasting against the dark, damp puddingstone.