Refuge bids farewell to ranger
On Jan. 13, staff, volunteers and friends at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge gathered to send off Ranger Monica Scroggin to her new FWS gig as a permanent visitor services specialist at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located north of Tampa. It is famed for its manatee populations. She will join former Deputy Refuge Manager Joyce Palmer, who now serves as the refuge manager at the Crystal River NWR. Scroggin started at the Sanibel refuge in 2016 as an intern after graduating from Florida Gulf Coast University with a degree in environmental studies. In 2017, the refuge hired her as a temporary part-time visitor services ranger. Last year, Scroggin finished a master’s degree in natural science education from Colorado State University.