What is going on in Rocky Mountain National Park?

Being a part of the elk and vegetation crew is an entirely wonderful experience. I have learned a great deal from everyone being so helpful in teaching me their various methods and routines in the work field. I have learned how to identify various shrub and willow species as part of this project and helped measure vegetation along the transects of plots. I’ve been able to learn of the different animals in the area to recognize when wildlife has munched on these shrub and willow plants.

Aside from the work itself I’ve learned of the changes Rocky Mountain National Park has undergone over these last decades and some causes of these changes. The biodiversity of the park has been impacted by developing landscapes and and changing animal populations. The natural habitat of this park has changed yet it remains a beautiful place to venture.

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Written by Alliyah Gifford
I lived in Pueblo, Colorado and completed my bachelor degree in Biology from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Through this university, I had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica and work with sea turtles. That peaked my interest in traveling while lending a helping hand along the way. I love to be outside exploring and await new experiences and opportunities.