Author: Alisa Cloutier

I know when you start an internship you are supposed to have an idea of what you are getting into and what your goals are to grow within the positon. I remember telling my supervisor, “anything with bats or wildlife, or plants or whatever. I...

Reflecting back on my past 10 weeks, I’m asking myself, “what haven’t I done?” One of the first things I did when I got to Lava Beds was to analyze the last two years of data from our NA Bat (North American Bat Monitoring Program) sites....

Prior to this internship, I had never been camping, repelling, or on long hikes. Today, I can now say I have done all three! My co-workers and I went on a camping trip to Crater Lake National Park earlier this summer, which was INCREDIBLE. I...

[caption id="attachment_7736" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Bat costume! Need I say more?[/caption] Here is something to know about me: I love talking to strangers, but give me a formal presentation and I clam up real fast. I took this internship to get me to practice being able to...

When you are following an SOP (standard operating procedure), you never know where you are going to go until you read it all the way through and they line it out for you extensively. With the North American bat monitoring program, our park has 5...

When you’re a college student like me, you probably have people behind you cheering you on as you are going through school. Last summer I had an internship at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and I met one of the bat interns, Katie. Even...

At Lava Beds even walking through the sage brush and juniper is a learning experience. From scoping out eagle’s nests to scrambling over lava rock to find a cave to inventory vegetation, to setting up acoustic monitors, everything in this desert is fascinating. Since my...

Being in a huge, remote park with a small staff means the big projects, like mine, are saved for summers. This summer as a Bat Communications intern my main project is to manage acoustic monitoring data on bats. During the following nine weeks, I will be...

Being from the east, the idea of a high elevation desert is hard to imagine. After a full day of flying and a long drive to the park, the sight of the Klamath Basin with the miles of views of buttes, junipers, sage brush made...

Hey y'all!! My name is Alisa Cloutier and I will be the natural resources program assistant at Lava Beds National Monument. I grew up in a Japanese-American home where my dad was constantly fixing cars, my mother cooking Japanese food, and my brothers being...