Paula Hartzell, who now works at Tern Island Field Station in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, joined the military after college to save money. She was a food inspector in the U.S. Army in Germany from 1979 to 1982. She also served in the Reserves. Her son followed her into the military and was killed in Iraq. She says,â I am very proud of my son.â Nowadays, she adds, âThe albatross, boobies, noddies, terns, sea turtles, monk seals and FWS Volunteers who share the atoll with me keep me on my toes,â and she says she is âconstantly filled with the beauty and wonder that motivates me to make this place safe for wildlife.â
April 11, 2014
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