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If you've checked out some of the latest content on the Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, then you've likely seen some of my work this summer! My biggest project for my summer has been The RidleyTV Show. During my first week...

It was been a full three weeks since my arrival in Southeast Arizona. Given the pandemic, my arrival from Texas was kicked off with a two-week quarantine. Luckily, Coronado National Memorial (CORO) has two employee homes, Q1 & Q2, allowing me and the other incoming...

One of my goals for my summer as an NPS intern was to increase my plant knowledge. I realize that common plants in South Dakota will likely not show up too frequently back home in the Southeast, but I figure practicing ID’ing plants and noticing...

If I were to go back to before the pandemic and look at what my internship is now, I would be surprised, to say the least. That does not mean that it’s awful and my summer is ruined, but it is not what I imagined...

In the southwestern corner of South Dakota lies Wind Cave National Park, the first cave to be selected as a national park anywhere in the world. At 150 miles in length, Wind Cave is one of the longest and most intricate caves in the world....

Though all national parks have complicated histories, Mount Rushmore National Monument is much more controversial and political than other sites. The monument was completed in 1941 by Gutzon Borglum. A member of the  Ku Klux Klan, Borglum’s prior projects included the Stone Mountain relief sculpture...

This season I’ll be in charge of radon monitoring in the caves. Monitoring occurs year-round on a weekly basis, mainly on tour routes. The purpose of radon monitoring is less for the protection of visitors and more for tour guides and cavers who log thousands...

Sea turtle themed paper holders, artwork, table bowls, and even stuffed toys and pillows find homes in Dr. Donna Shaver and Cynthia Rubio's offices. Lately, I've been right along the menagerie! There are several offices scattered around the government buildings at the Padre Island National...

After weeks of sampling streams in the park, I couldn't help but notice that diversity was significantly lacking. Many of our sample sites yielded only brook trout. Of course I'm not complaining about this, given how beautiful and unique these fish are, but this is...

This summer, my focus will lie on creating a geology training manual for the Interpretation and Education division of Wind Cave National park. This geologic resource manual will help future park interpreters and staff effectively communicate the geologic history of the park to visitors. Due...