9,000 Ft., that was my elevation for one of the days that I spent in the field this past week. We were on the search for Whitebark Pine trees. This type of tree is currently under the attack of a disease called blister rust and by the Mountain Pine Beetles that are attacking them and using the trees as food and a place to live also. We also started taking tree cores for my independent research. These tree cores sampled can show the age, and the conditions of the tree. Its really awesome to see a tree`s history. During the following weeks will be continuing the same type of work. I am excited to continue my research on Whitebark Pine!!!
These last couple of adventures have been a blast!!! I have seen Wolves, Black Bears, Elk, Antelope and even Bison all in the same day!! We were on hikes with the wolf monitoring teams in Yellowstone. We were in search of wolf clusters which are where they slept or stayed for a certain amount of time either on a kill or just laying around getting some sun. We then went on with an amphibian crew and went on the search for tadpoles, frogs, and salamanders. It was a very fun time a good amount of hiking too. We will be starting our independent research projects in the following week so I am excited to start that,
This was one of the best experiences I have ever had. We went to Bighorn National Park and completed vegetation monitoring. What that means is that we took plots given from previous years and we looked to see the kind of plants, shrubs, cactus, cryptonic soil, etc. During this time I learned how to ID all of these things also. We camped out and that was just simply amazing we could see all of the stars at night which were awesome and ran into a lot of wildlife to. We saw a mamma bear and her two cubs, a rattlesnake, and antelope. This was a great experience and I can’t wait for what the future had in store for me!
Hi my name is Malik Robinson and I am from a place called Waldorf located in Southern Maryland. I am currently a rising junior at the amazing and illustrious North Carolina A&T State University. While attending this college I am studying Sustainable Land Management. For those who do not know what that major is about, it is the science of soils and vegetation and learning ways to improve soil quality and plant growth in a safe way. Both of these places Waldorf and Greensboro (where A&T is located) are very city like and without much nature to view. When coming to Montana for this internship I really didn’t know what to expect, this was my first time ever flying, so that’s really what I was concentrated on. However when arriving to the airport in Montana all worries were out the window as soon as the plane became lower than the clouds all I saw was this great beauty that I have never seen before!
Its like a completely new world I have never seen such beauty and such enormous mountains so up close before. Therefore I love it here its amazing !!! It has only been a week since we arrived here and I already feel at home. For those who do not know I am currently completing this internship for the monitoring and inventory of Yellowstone Park. I am currently staying on campus at Montana State University in the town of Bozeman. In Bozeman there are so many nice people so it became easy to get settled in and also every where you go or any direction you look, you will see a mountain in the background its simply amazing! Since we have arrived I have learned so much from types of plants, names of mountains, reading maps, learning GPS systems, safety in the parks and forest`s and have seen animals from big Bison and Elk, to little field mice. So far my favorite part has been traveling to Hyalite Canyon which was just beautiful and loaded with amazing scenery. There we climbed and got to about 6,256 Ft!!!
So far its been an amazing week and I can tell this is going to be an amazing internship experience to never be forgotten!!! I can`t wait for next week!