There and Back Again: Reflections on my Summer at Point Reyes National Seashore

It’s the end of week 12, and thus my summer adventure has reached its conclusion. My how time flies! It seems like only yesterday that I was preparing for my road trip to California and now I find myself having just completed my last day of work! I can hardly believe that my time at Point Reyes National Seashore has passed so quickly!

As my internship is coming to an end, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone who was instrumental to my summer experience as a Fisheries Technician Intern here at Point Reyes.

AN OPEN LETTER:

To my Mosaics, National Park Service, Environment for the Americas, and Greening Youth Foundation supervisors: words cannot adequately describe how thankful I am for this opportunity of a lifetime. I will forever remain grateful for having had the chance to participate in such an amazing program like the Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship.

To the other Mosaics in Science Interns: it was a joy to meet and spend time with you all in Colorado! I wish you all the best as we move forward in our educations and careers!

The 2018 Mosaics Interns at YMCA of the Rockies, CO

To my supervisors at Point Reyes National Seashore, Mike Reichmuth & Brentley McNeill: thank you, thank you, thank you for taking me on as a Fisheries Technician Intern this summer! I learned so much during these past few months and I am truly honored for having had the experience to work alongside you both. Being a part of the Fisheries Team inspired in me a renewed passion for conservation and management – especially of salmonids! I hope to have the opportunity to work together again in the future!

To my coworkers on the Fisheries Team, Adelaide Robinson, Priscilla Sisommout & Marjorie Cox: no matter the kind of day we were having – whether leisurely strolls through the creek or getting stuck in the mud in Giacomini – you guys always brought a smile to my face! Thank you for making this summer such a fun-filled experience!

To all of my roommates at SAC Landing (a.k.a. “Jelly Landing”): I thank you for all of the encouragement throughout my internship here at Point Reyes, and all of the laughs, impromptu-adventures, late-night Netflix marathons, and weekly house dinners. Thank you for being the little odd-ball family that I didn’t know I needed in my life. <3

The Jelly Landing residents (not pictured: Sam… sorry Sam!); photo by Tara Samuels

To all of my family and friends back at home: thank you for all of the love and support during these past few months of my internship! I can’t wait to return home to tell you all about my summer adventure!

To anybody reading this and considering applying for the Mosaics program, yourself: do it. I promise that you won’t regret it!

And last but certainly not least, to those of you who have been faithfully (or even sporadically) reading this blog: thank you for joining me on this adventure!

Best Fishes,

-Katlyn

“Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our [intern]ship… Go in peace!” –J.R.R. Tolkien

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Written by Katlyn Fuentes
Katlyn is an Aquatic and Fishery Sciences major and Anthropology minor at the University of Washington in Seattle. This summer she will be working as a Mosaics in Science intern with the National Park Service at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, assisting with the ongoing San Francisco Area Network Coho and Steelhead Monitoring Program. After completing this internship and graduating with her B.S., she plans on pursuing a career in conservation and management of natural resources.