She shared that the challenges she's faced in regards to the outdoor space is around finances. "I’ve had issues with getting into aspects of the outdoors that cost money, unfortunately gear is expensive! As someone on a college budget, I found that getting my gear secondhand is the way to go. It is not only good for my wallet, but it also is a much more sustainable option! "
Something she is really passionate about is the conservation of native pollinators! "I am studying conservation and entomology in college and hope to peruse it as a career! Most people only consider honey bees in the conversation, but native pollinators are the ones at risk! Native pollinators are the backbone of ever terrestrial ecosystem and should be treated as such!"
Learn more about Madison and her Wild Keeping experiences below!
Keep Nature Wild: What is your favorite thing about being a Wild Keeper?
Madison: Educating others about sustainability and conservation! That is my biggest passion in life!
KNW: What has picking up trash outdoors done for you?
M: It made me realize how easy it is to get out and make a difference. A little goes a long way!
KNW: Roughly how many pounds do you think you've picked up since you became a Wild Keeper?
M: 510 lbs
KNW: What goals do you have for this year? (or beyond?)
M: My goal is to learn as much as I can about the world around me and to have a career in conservation! I also plan on through-hiking the Appalachian trail!