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Cedar Creek This internship has been full of so many amazing experiences. However, if I had to choose one it would be my first day in the field. When I hiked along Cedar Creek for the first time. From the moment I left my car, it...

I had a little chat with Annie Runde, Mount Rainier’s Education Park Ranger. Annie has worked at Mount Rainier National Park for 6 years – the last year being an interesting one. Annie and I did not keep our conversation strictly to work topics. As,...

So far this summer I've meet quite a few ologists: botanists, fire ecologists, entomologists and anthropologists. Before going out in the field with any of them, my supervisor would warn "ologists are weird" and tell me a story about said ologist. Like how the state...

Even the most amazing projects can become less fun if you’re not working with the right people. Lucky for me, my mentor Meag is one of the most incredible humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. When I first arrived at the Grand Canyon,...

This week's adventure brings me in search of the Olympic Whitebark Pine! Last Tuesday I hopped on to a Ferry headed to the Olympic Peninsula. Once my ferry landed, I drove a few more hours to Olympic National Park Headquarters and had a meet and...

From June 25th through June 29th the Pacific Northwest (PNW) experienced record-breaking temperatures due to a heatwave. A heatwave is caused when a high pressure system settles over a region. Air is forced downwards and does not allow warm air to rise and so the...

I’ve learned so much at the park these past few weeks. I’ve done training to tag turtles, patrol, and drive Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV). I’ve gotten to witness first hand how things are done here and Padre Island National Seashore and be a part of it!  Watching...

Greetings from Frederick, Maryland! Through this internship I have learned a lot about myself. Every day I come into the office or go out into the field to collect data, I feel increasingly capable that I can be a leader in the workplace and am able...

Monsoon season has officially started here in the desert and plants are starting to bloom! We have been getting cooler temperatures and cloudy days with some precipitation, which is an ideal weather for plant reproduction. Today’s blog will be dedicated to one plant species in...

While I am familiar with the frustrations and joys of unpredictable, vexing weather patterns, it still took a few days to adjust to this in a field work setting. In previous fieldwork, we worked on a set schedule, going out to do our work...