Hello everyone! My name is Sidney Woodruff, and I just started my internship with Greening Youth Foundation and the National Park Service this summer through the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program. I’ll be completing my program in herpetological conservation at Yosemite National Park in California. I never thought I would be able to one day actually say those words!
I’m currently a senior at the University of Georgia pursuing a dual degree program in Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. I will be graduating in December 2017, so this is a nice way to finish off my degree! I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors and working in the conservation field. This internship will allow me to work alongside NPS biologists and biological science technicians to restore high elevation lakes for the endangered Sierra Nevada Yellow-legged frog, control invasive Bullfrog populations, and track and monitor Western Pond turtle sites.
With the first week already done, including a four-day tour in frontcountry Yosemite tracking and surveying turtles, I’m more than excited to see what else this summer has to offer!
My name is Dominique Ong (Dom for short) and I can officially check seeing a bald eagle off my bucket list! Together with another more experienced and extremely patient intern, I helped conduct a survey to observe the presence and behavior of eagles. We hiked up a butte, or steep hill, to reach an unobstructed view of the eagle’s nest. This eagle survey is part of my work with the National Resources team at Lava Beds National Monument. The park is located in Tulelake, California, which is about 5-6 hours from Portland or San Francisco.
While at Lava Beds, I’m excited to check more and more things off my bucket list. My bucket list is constantly growing because the high desert environment is a place that is especially unfamiliar to me. I am originally from the island of Guam so immense deserts and snowy mountains are not exactly sights I’m used to seeing everyday. Even at the University of Virginia, where I study environmental science and global studies, I don’t see the unique wildlife and formations here at Lava Beds! It’s definitely an adventure out here and I can’t wait to explore my first cave and meet some bats.