Week 1: Training and Preparation for the Field

Week 1: Training and Preparation for the Field

My name is Terence Borja, a local of the beautiful island of Guam and I have been selected to be part of the National Park Service family, specifically the Natural Resource side under Dr. Timothy Clark. This week, although my first and probably my toughest week, was the most fun I’ve had in a long while. At the beginning of the week, I met with my inspiring mentor, and he informed me of the project at hand, studying the coral and its inhabitants for the few months I’m here. After this I met up with my lovely colleagues who show me the ropes each day with the identification of corals, fish, algae, and invertebrates that are in out area. In the middle of the week we all took a Wilderness First Aid and CPR Training course, as it’s always better to be prepared when working out in the field. Toward the end of the week, I took my swim test and followed my mentor and colleagues out into the night at the Agat beach observation area. We went to this site to see if any coral would spawn. Unfortunately, no coral spawned, yet it was a wonderful time with my group, and an absolutely thrilling first week. I’m definitely excited for the coming weeks.

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