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About once a week I have been fortunate enough to tag along on sea turtle nest surveys. I wrote a little bit more about the details here. As of the 2nd of July, 4 nests and 14 false crawls have been found!  While we were looking for...

Question: What’s scarier, giving a presentation about bats to a group of fidgety kindergarteners or climbing down a rocky trench and into a massive cave? Answer: Neither! Both are fantastic opportunities that will enrich your life and give you newfound knowledge about how beautiful caves are, how curious children are,...

Trails are largely experienced from two approaches: forward and reverse. Sure, differences in height can result in slight differences in how they are experienced, but those differences are minimal. Hiking around Fern Lake. Yet, these perspectives are complicated by each viewer’s past. Every sight they’ve seen, every...

An unexpected adventure of my summer internship so far has been tagging along with Taylor Ellis, a park wildlife technician, for a Northern Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) survey. The Northern Spotted Owl is threatened under the Endangered Species Act as a result of timber...

A couple years ago during a summer research program in Iowa, I met a few people who were into “herping”— the process of looking for amphibians and reptiles. I had never heard of such a process before, but it was something I very much...

Montezuma Pass Wet and dry mapping of the San Pedro River is an initiative of the Nature Conservancy of Southwest Arizona with the added collaboration of citizen volunteers from Mexico, and the Coronado National Memorial employees. The scientists and citizens have worked on this project every...

This week was full of exciting firsts for me. My first time creating a splint, my first time wearing fake blood, and my first public outreach event! We had a Wilderness First Aid course this week at Lava Beds and employees came from all of our departments to participate....

After I got off work at 5pm, I drove five hours to Santa Fe to pick up my husband, Joey. Our only plan for my three-day weekend was to go to Meow Wolf, which I had heard so much about; I was careful not to...

Hi Ya'll! My name is Caprice Phillips and my pronouns are she/her. This summer I am interning as a Night Skies Assistant at Sequoia National Park. I am an Arkansan born and raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hot Springs is home to Hot Springs...

Evening saguaro in the Rincon Mountain District A Minnesotan at heart, I’ve seen more than 10,000 lakes - but nothing quite compares to seeing massive saguaros rising out of the desert. My name is Hannah, and I’m the Acoustics Assistant at Saguaro National Park. I graduated...