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[caption id="attachment_7133" align="alignnone" width="300"] Beautiful field right on the border where amazing agave's grow.[/caption] The last few weeks have been a blast, I have had a lot of fun rating slopes and understanding the vast landscape over here in Southeastern Arizona. As I look back to...

Something New As recently stated my project is centered around G.I.S. which is Geographical Informational Systems. Before this internship experience G.I.S was never my strongest skill, but it was something I always wanted to learn. However now that I have had this experience I have learned...

This internship alternates between being physically and intellectually demanding. Last week, I spent 4 out of my 5 work days doing fieldwork, sometimes doing 5 to 7-mile round-trip hikes often times with 1300-1700 ft. in elevation gain. While rewarding, our tundra sites are not always easy...

Alex is an aquatic ecologist with the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network. His research primarily takes place at Isle Royale which was his second stop on his park service intern journey. In 1998 he started working at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park in...

We finally set up our traps!!!! After 2 weeks of building, pinning, learning, and labeling, we finally got to go out into the field! We got to visit our 5 sites over a 4-day period - these sites spanned from Mt. Healy (which is right outside...

This summer, one of the focus species I am documenting at Minute National Historical Park is the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii). Blanding’s turtles are medium-sized, semi-aquatic and freshwater inhabitants. These turtles can be identified with its yellow and black lower shell (plastron), and most noticeably,...

"What I love most about rivers is, you can't step in the same river twice. The water's always changing, always flowing." Yes this song was stuck in my head each time I stepped into the canoe to paddle to our survey sites. It's basically the theme...

In the middle of the night when the tide is high, a wave will wash over the sand filling the beach with small silver fish wiggling under the night sky. Then, just as quickly as they appeared, when the next wave crashes, the fish will...

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 a geologist isn’t always about mining rocks & minerals or unearthing fossils. It can involve mitigating hazardous situations and damage to infrastructure. The dangers of rockfalls and landslides are commonplace at any mountain range. Such issues are tackled by the Imminent Threats Program at Mount...