July 2017

To switch things up this week, I thought I would interview someone working for the National Park Service I think is a great person for who they are and what they do for Yosemite National Park. Though I do not directly report to her, she...

"Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence" -Ralph Waldo Emerson I had these words in mind as we were wrapping up the Point Reyes Science Adventure on Tuesday. We ended our time together with...

During the second week of the EcoLogik program, these young scientists covered more material than most adults could even fathom. Monday and Tuesday we dived into the creation and experimental execution of Biomimetic Loggers. Using RaspberryPi's, the students learned how to code a thermostat, which we...

In order to determine the success of tree thinnings and treatments, forest monitoring is conducted to quantify the changes of the forest health. The best part about forest monitoring is using all of the different gadgets to measure the growth of the forest. We use a...

The last few weeks here have been busy with field preparations and field work. Because we are working with insects, there are many details that go into preparing transects and in making sure we pack enough of what we need before going out. Aside from...

Listening to the sound of water running through streams or rivers soothes me. I enjoy feeling the fresh current run through my hands. Who knew this is what a day in my internship would be like?! [caption id="attachment_2442" align="alignleft" width="258"] Water monitoring probe in stream[/caption]                       I had...

Starting something new usually leaves me with a combination of feeling excited and nervous.  I am happy to say by the end of my first week I am feeling much more excited than nervous. I started with the natural resource management department at Manassas Battlefield...

Grand Teton National Park is located in northwest Wyoming. It encompasses the Teton mountain range, the 4,000-meter Grand Teton peak, and the valley known as Jackson Hole. Sagebrush monitoring has been identified as a key component in detecting changes in high elevation parks due to increased...

In the broadest sense, nature is our world in the physical, material and natural form. It is everything not made by the human race. For me, nature serves as a place of tranquility, worship, culture and love. At the same time though, it can be...

This past school year I started a bird club at Wade Carpenter Middle School in an effort to get students to participate in citizen science. Citizen science is collaborative networking between scientists and everyday citizens. Through citizen science people can contribute to scientific data. For example,...