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Today I joined Watershed Stewards Program (WSP) Members from Point Reyes on a smolt trapping adventure in Olema and Redwood Creek! It was a reunion of old friends from my WSP days and a lesson on Coho Salmon lifecycle monitoring. Smolts are juvenile salmonids migrating to...

[caption id="attachment_6488" align="aligncenter" width="289"] Out in Chiracahua National Monument hiking and looking at the hoodoos all around.[/caption] Coming to Coronado National Memorial, I was amazed and astounded by how tall the Huachuca Mountains are and their location on the border with Mexico/USA. This natural beauty provides...

Being from the east, the idea of a high elevation desert is hard to imagine. After a full day of flying and a long drive to the park, the sight of the Klamath Basin with the miles of views of buttes, junipers, sage brush made...

You can never really know what to expect from a trip until you actually go on it. You might check the weather, maybe do some research here and there on what clothes to bring. You can talk to people who have done the same trip and...

After a week into my internship, I would describe Minute Man National Historical Park as rich in artifacts pertaining to the origins of American independence. Located in the towns of Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln in Massachusetts, Minute Man comprises of 1,038 acres (4.2 km2) filled...

I have officially completed my first week as an intern for the National Park Service! Everyone in the Greater Yellowstone Inventory and Monitoring team has been incredibly welcoming, and I cannot wait to work more closely with everyone throughout the summer. While this first week has...

The only way to reach the isolated Isle Royale is by sea plane or boat. Multiple boats leave different harbors in Michigan and Minnesota but the biggest and most preferred boat is the Ranger III.  The boat ride took 5 hours which were thankfully smooth...

In only two weeks, I’ve learned a plethora of details about Jewel Cave National Monument. Before you get your hopes up, no, the ‘jewels’ that cover the cavern walls aren’t rubies and diamonds, but various crystalline forms of calcite. In its entirety, Jewel Cave is...

Western Pond Turtles are a native California species that live in ponds or streams with a lot of emergent woody debris so they can climb up and bask in the sun. They tend to be quiet and shy and make sure to jump into the...

My name is Alliyah Gifford, I am from Pueblo Colorado and I just received my Bachelor's degree in Biology from Colorado State University-Pueblo. Colorado is a great state to grow up in. There is plenty to venture into and always somewhere new to see. The...