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When completing a puzzle all pieces are needed to obtain the bigger picture. If a piece or two is missing the whole image becomes distorted or forms a new picture altogether. The formerly complete wildlife picture at Isle Royale is now missing a key component...

[caption id="attachment_6742" align="aligncenter" width="409"] Me and a coworker promoting the Dragonfly Mercury Project.[/caption] My main responsibility at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is the Dragonfly Mercury Project. This project is an ongoing study to assess the levels of mercury in our natural parks. Over the past...

For my first field visit (commonly referred to as a ‘hitch’), I headed out to Bighorn Canyon recreation area for a week.  [caption id="attachment_6812" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our campsite setup near Ewing-Snell Ranch[/caption] While in Bighorn Canyon, we surveyed various areas for target vegetation species. During the week...

Science I've been thinking about it a lot this past week - what it means to do science, to be a scientist, and all the work that goes into ensuring that science is believable and reliable.  After sitting in on "Resources Day," a day revolving around...

Valley Forge National Historical Park holds a rich history in the halls of its timbers and its sprawling fields, memorializing the Continental Army’s grueling stay and transformation into a unified fighting regiment. The Continental army was formed in 1775 to coordinate efforts between the colonies,...

For hundreds of years, foreign species have been brought to America from all over the world. These exotic specimen can range from an insect to a plant to a large mammal. Reasons for why they were brought here vary. In more of the colonial era,...

Luxurious green mountains encapsuled in a white fog. The air is crisp and cool, heavy with humidity along rivers and creeks. The sun rays escape through the spaces between the leaves of the canopy. Everywhere hiked, there is visible variability in flora communities once emerging...

Surrounding regions of Minute Man National Historical Park have transformed from a semi-rural cultural area to established suburbs that face continual pressures from residential, commercial, and industrial development. This development not only impacts historic and cultural site preservation efforts, but also presence of rare species...

This summer is jam-packed. Even though Jewel Cave is a small monument, the resource management (RM) team is tasked with a broad range of important work. Aside from our daily duties, we’re available to assist with cave emergencies, maintenance projects, search & rescues, and decontamination....

Over the week I was able to meet many great new people, including those on the Elk and Vegetation Management Plan crew, which I am a part of. Every day I walk along a beautiful path and over a small bridge to and from work,...