Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Kandice!
Kandice is monitoring bees for a second summer! She is full of energy and always eager to learn more. Here is a little more about Kandice:
What is your background?
I am originally from Massachusetts and came to Colorado to go to school, and 20 years later, I am still here and still in school! I have a degree in Animal Science from CSU and spent time working in the dairy world and then doing a wide array of biomedical and toxicology research. But recently I switched gears and am a phlebotomist for UCHealth and studying to become a Medical Laboratory Technician, so I can work in a hospital lab.
Why do you enjoy volunteering?
Why not spend a couple hours outside, enjoying the sun, looking at cool bugs, and beautiful flowers? Who wouldn't want to do that? When Lisa first told me about her project, I thought it sounded awesome and of course I wanted to help. The bee project has been a lot of fun and I've learned a bunch! I love the premise behind the citizen science project and feel it is a GREAT asset to the community.
What is your favorite bee?
Orange banded bumble bee!! Love them!!
What is the coolest thing you have seen so far this summer?
At the CSU Trial Garden we saw the largest hairy leg bee I had ever seen! All black with it's scopa full of pollen. It was super cool to see flying around! But every time I go out, there's something different: hummingbirds, beetles, or grasshoppers. It's always fun.