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Tabitha Reports on Kara Mickaelson


Kara Mickaelson is a very important contributor to many big projects with the Oregon High Desert Grotto. Many know her from her recent contributions to the Glacier Ice Caves project. What you might not know is Kara has so much more that she does behind the scenes including conservation, survey, and educational work. Kara is also a very talented photographer. #ewls #womencavers #speleology

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