Greetings to my final blog from Point Reyes! As I am writing this, I only have three more days here. My summer sure did fly by, and I am eagerly looking forward to spending the upcoming week in Washington, DC.

In my last few days, I have been staying out late in the park, going back to all of my favorite spots one last time (fully aware I live just 90 minutes away). On one of these hikes, I witnessed North American river otters (Lontra canadensis) engaging in classic feeding behavior. And the next day, I swam alongside a Bat ray (Myliobatis californica) in Tomales Bay.

North American river otter (Photo from Smithsonian National Zoo).
North American river otter (Photo from Smithsonian National Zoo).
Bat ray (Photo from Monterey Bay Aquarium).
Bat ray (Photo from Monterey Bay Aquarium).

As well, this past week I have been busy putting the finishing touches on my final poster presentation for the workshop in DC. After many drafts, I am very proud of the finished product, so be sure to check it out below! All the Mosaics in Science interns will be meeting to present on the wonderful work we have all done and get to speak and network with Department of the Interior employees.

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In looking back over my ten weeks, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Point Reyes and gained many new skills through hands-on work. Getting to know all of the dedicated park staff, especially the Division of Interpretation, has certainly given me a greater understanding of life working for the National Park Service. I am very grateful for having had this experience, and I eagerly look forward to returning to Point Reyes National Seashore.

Recent photo of Diego Morales along Point Reyes Beach (Photo by Kevin García López).
Recent photo of Diego Morales along Point Reyes Beach (Photo by Kevin García López).

Diego Morales

Diego was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and is an undergraduate student in the Society & Environment major and Anthropology minor programs at the University of California at Berkeley. This summer he is interning as an interpretation and resource education assistant at Point Reyes National Seashore in the interpretive department. Before Point Reyes, Diego spent a semester as an Every Kid in a Park intern at Rosie the Riveter/World War II National Historical Park. A more long-term educational and career goal of his would be to bridge and solve environmental and social issues being faced, ideally as an environmental lawyer.

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