Nolan Schillerstrom ’15

Major: Biology and Environmental Studies. Hometown:Downer's Grove, Illinois.


Rogers Fellow in Environmental Studies

Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest | Harleyville, South Carolina

Week 10:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


July 22, 2014 | I never thought this week would actually get here.  I have settled in quite comfortably here in South Carolina.  Although, I do miss my family and friends from home a lot.  It will be a slow week that in the end will seem like it flew by.  The office has been slow for most of […]

Week 9:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


July 15, 2014 | Everything is slowing down here at Audubon.  It seems like this is the time of year when a lot of people like to take their vacation days.  Good work is still being done, it is just done in a nature center that is a bit quieter than normal.  That said, some exciting things still managed […]

Week 8:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


July 8, 2014 | I was able to knock out a lot of important tasks this week and on Monday I had the chance to help out with the Shorebird Warden project that Audubon and the South Carolina DNR cooperate on. Every morning after Monday was spent monitoring the boardwalk trying to find Prothonotary Warblers that would be good […]

Week 7:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


July 1, 2014 | I will start this week’s post with a snippet from my weekend.  On Saturday morning I went with Matt on one of a series of free birding walks he leads in Summerville.  Four other people joined us and it ended up being a very fruitful morning of bird watching.  But there is one bird that […]

Week 6:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


June 25, 2014 | These summer camps are hard work!  This week we had over twice the amount of children to teach and the average age was a lot younger too.  Matt and I had to spend a lot more time making sure the kiddos were listening and behaving.  Although, if I were that young and surrounded by 19 […]

Week 5:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


June 18, 2014 | Come one, come all to Francis Beidler Forest’s “Get Swamped: Science!” Summer camp! Mr. Matt and Mr. Nono will lead your kids through a week of adventure and fun in the swamp. Everything from catching dragonflies and fish to creating their own upcycled creations… this camp has got everything to suit your kid’s outdoorsman fancies. […]

Week 4:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


June 9, 2014 | This week at Beidler Forest was entertaining. It started off wonderfully on Monday. Matt, Mark, and I spent the whole day catching Prothonotary Warblers that we haven’t caught yet along the boardwalk. From monitoring all week, I learned where the unbanded male and female birds like to hang out. This is another benefit to monitoring […]

Week 3:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


June 4, 2014 | Week 3 of my internship started off slow but picked up to a steady pace.  My average day started around 7 am.  I have to be out there when the birds wake up because that’s when they sing the most.  The more they sing, the more accurate of a density estimate we can get.  I […]

Week 2:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


May 30, 2014 | This project I am working on is called Project PROTHO and in this blog post I am going to make it a clearer what that project is. This description of banding and Prothonotary Warblers is from a pamphlet that Matt made before I arrived. It is an official description of Project PROTHO and will give […]

Week 1:
Audobon Center at Francis Beidler Forest


May 22, 2014 | Hello to those of you who decide to read this. I will try my best to make this blog an interesting one but that shouldn’t be too hard because already after the first week, this experience has been fantastic. Its unembellished telling is enough to intrigue. I arrived here at the Audubon Center in Francis […]