26 May so, central washington has wolverines?
Hello and welcome to my blog! I’m Marwa Mahmoud and I am from Issaquah, Washington. Growing up, I have always seen Mount Rainier – or Takhoma – emerging in the skyline. Before I start posting about my experience at Mount Rainier National Park, I want to acknowledge the peoples that have lived and continue to live off the land l will be working on. The Nisqually, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Muckleshoot, Yakama, and Cowlitz tribes have relied on Mount Rainier for hunting, gathering, and ceremonies since time immemorial.
Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascades and the most prominent peak in the lower 48 states. Although Mount Rainier is tall, more importantly, it is plentiful. I feel so lucky to be working in a landscape of abundant freshwater rivers, high alpine glaciers, and carbon absorbing conifers.
This summer I will be working at Mount Rainier National Park as a rare carnivore field assistant on the wildlife crew. This will not be my first gig at Mount Rainier National Park. As, I have yearned to work on the mountain since I started University in 2016. In the summer of 2019, I worked as an intern with Mount Rainier National Park on the aquatics crew. In this position I explored the endangered and non-native fishes of the glacial rivers and montane lakes of the Park. Later, in the fall of 2020, I worked with the Cascades Carnivore Project as a rare carnivore field lead – setting up wolverine monitoring stations throughout Mount Rainier National Park and the surrounding national forest. That being said, I am super excited to be back in the Park and working with the wildlife crew. When starting out at the Park in 2019, I really hoped that one day I could work in wildlife. Fast forward 2 years, and I am so grateful to be working with the Mosaics in Science Program on the wildlife crew.