21 Jun The Mosaics Team up you didn’t know you needed
My first week at Mount Rainier has only compounded my gratefulness to be participating in such a cool Internship. However, my trip got off to a rocky start as 15 minutes after entering the park housing unit I would be residing in, I proceeded to lock myself out. Luckily a park employee happened to have an extra key and heroically let me back in. The next morning, I got an incredible glimpse of Mount Rainier as I drove to meet up with Marwa, a fellow Mosaics intern based in Mount Rainier studying rare carnivores. Marwa was nice enough to let me join her on some of her field work which involved searching for a habituated fox named Whitefoot! It was really awesome to have another Mosaics intern showing me the ropes.
The next few days involved traveling to Whitebark Pine sites where we were able to find evidence of white pine blister rust and some trees were even coning! My last day was spent working with the revegetation crew and visiting the Mount Rainier greenhouse. Working with Darby and Zach of the revegetation team was really awesome because they are plant identification experts, and it was really sweet to pick their brains while doing some invasive species field work! I can’t wait to visit Mount Rainier again, but next week brings me to one of the western most points in the continental United States as I go to visit Olympic National Park!