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Elle Velazquez, an environmental education intern at Shaver's Creek, practices handling the Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle is a frequent participant in the free bird of prey shows, held every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 2 p.m. at Shaver's Creek from April to November.

Just twelve miles from Penn State's University Park campus, Shaver's Creek Environmental Center offers opportunities for students and the community to experience some of the best of Pennsylvania's natural environment.

Recent Penn State alumna Mollie McGinnis dedicated six months following graduation to a project in Huay Pakoot, Thailand, working to bring elephants from tourist camps back into their natural habitats within their owners' communities.

An elephant roaming free would be a strange sight here in the United States, but in other parts of the world, these gray giants are safer outside of enclosures.

Rob Ritson posed before a pride of lions in Tanzania.

To junior Rob Ritson, African wildlife was the stuff of books and documentaries, not college experience. But a semester in Tanzania turned the exotic ecosystem into a place where he could bring his education from the classroom to the field.

Elyse McMahon headed west to be part of a study to determine if a new type of bait containing a trial vaccine could help eliminate the sylvatic plague in endangered Utah prairie dogs. Students collected data that U.S. Geological Survey employees analyzed.

Getting up before dawn never appealed to Penn State senior Elyse McMahon, but last summer it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. From June to August, her days began early with trapping and handling endangered Utah prairie dogs for data collection.

Sara Mueller poses in a hole in a glacier in New Zealand.

Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as Penn State senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.

Megan Draper, Matt Freeman, Kara Morgan and Ryan Patrick are among the "incredibly impressive" Penn State undergraduate students featured by BusinessInsider.com in its "Impressive Students" series.

In the classroom and laboratory, performing on the field — or in it, doing world-class research and altruistic service around the globe — these Penn State students represent just a small fraction of what is "incredibly impressive" about our University.

Penn State Berks professors and students were recognized for their research at the 37th annual meeting of the Waterbird Society in Wilhelshaven Germany in September. Jennifer Arnold, associate professor of biology; Stephen Oswald, instructor in biology; and three students -- Amy Rutter, Christy Wails and Brittany Morey; were all recognized for their work. Amy Rutter, junior wildlife and fisheries science major, has been conducting research at Penn State Berks for one year, and has completed an international conservation Internship. She won the Best Student Poster Award.

Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember.

She may not have her own show on the Discovery Channel, but Blanca Lopez de Juan Abad is doing her part to save wild animals

Mike Lohr, who graduated in 2005 with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science, poses with a native Hawaiian sea bird. He is trying to protect their threatened populations from predators. It's the kind of work he always wanted to do, he said.

Mike Lohr early on knew exactly what he wanted to be. When he was a kid, he called it a "bird scientist." Now he knows the proper title is avian ecologist. The 2005 Penn State alumnus currently is involved in a groundbreaking conservation project at the Ka'ena Point Coastal Reserve in Hawaii.

Brockway, Pa., native Jenifer McAndrew works as a husbandry aquarium technician at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo.

To most people, swimming with sharks in an enclosed area would be terrifying, but to Jenifer McAndrew, it is just another day on the job.

Penn State student Megan Davis has always loved the outdoors and knew from an early age she wanted to dedicate her career to her love for nature. The wildlife and fisheries science major spent the summer of 2011 doing just that. From May to August, Davis completed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service internship, splitting her time between Parker ...

You gotta love it when a plan comes together ... Robert Caccese always knew he wanted to attend law school to study environmental law, but he felt it would be beneficial to focus on something else as an undergraduate student. ...

Jessica Preston loves to travel, and she wanted to study abroad. Originally she had hoped to go to Australia, but she ended up choosing to visit Kenya and Tanzania instead, focusing on wildlife management and conservation. ...

There was a time not so long ago when virtually every college student desiring a career in wildlife management was focused on the outdoors because he or she was a hunter. But that's not true today, so to combat this lack of knowledge, Gary San Julian, professor emeritus of wildlife resources, helped create a program in which students could learn ...

Eric Johnson spent three months last summer as a wildlife intern in North Carolina, working with the Bald Head Island Conservancy, handling a wide variety of fascinating duties...

Attracted by the country's unique wildlife, Melanie Torres spent her spring 2011 semester studying abroad in New Zealand, where she had many amazing experiences and more than a few surprises. ...

Penn State Wildlife and Fisheries Science major James Feaga conducted research last summer on avian use of restored wetlands through the McNair Scholarship program. ...

We all have heard someone refer derogatively to their workplace as a zoo, but for Rebecca Miller, it really is, and that's a good thing. The 2005 graduate of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences works at The Smithsonian National Zoological Park -- commonly known as the National Zoo -- in Washington, D.C....

Recent Penn State graduate Kelly Williams' biggest fear for her internship with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was that she'd get stuck in the office at some desk job. Turns out, she needn't have worried....

Elissa Olimpi, a 2006 alumna of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, spent several months of her college experience deep in the Peruvian jungle researching the bald-faced Saki monkey....