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I've talked a bit about the phenology project at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, so now I'd like to update you on what's been happening the last few weeks.  Once a week, I go out to Lily Lake to see if any of...

It was a beautiful, clear and sunny day for a day hike. I set my sights on reaching Indian Henry's Hunting Ground with hopes to summit Pyramid Peak. My route was the Wonderland Trail. Total distance: an estimated 7-miles one-way (14 mi. round-trip). After an estimated...

  [caption id="attachment_7899" align="aligncenter" width="411"] Picture of the Montezuma Peak along with the park facilities including my house.[/caption] In the last week over here at Coronado National Memorial, we have been placing acoustic monitor devices all around the park to monitor the sound of "Barking Frogs". These...

This week we had a special event at Capulin Volcano National Monument, BioBlitz 2018! Our BioBlitz is a yearly event where we invite the public to take part in several fun and educational activities not offered year round. A big part of a BioBlitz is...

One of the focal birds that I am working with on my project in the great white heron. Prior to this internship I wasn't aware of this bird but it is quite interesting with his relationship to the great white heron. Debate on its taxonomic...

Natural resource professionals in Muir Woods National Monument are gearing up for a Salmon Habitat Enhancement Project scheduled for next summer. This project will restore sections of Redwood Creek by removing large boulders cemented into place over 80 years ago to create rip rap. While...

One of my five housemates is an intern for the geology department at Mount Rainier. As part of the imminent threats team, Ian collects water samples from glaciers around the park to build comparative data for the prediction of glacial outburst floods. [caption id="attachment_7857" align="aligncenter" width="300"]...

Last week I was invited to go on a mobile acoustic survey with in the park. I went with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park biologist and a Cleveland Metroparks bat biologist. We first met in the southern end of the park and got our equipment...

The morning was beautiful and hot spent out on the rocks doing raptor surveys. It was a briefly intense hike to the site but once in place the view was amazing. Although early in the season there was a definite moment of awe and feeling...

There are many bright minds on the resource management team. One intern who has stood out the most in my mind is Hunter, a Geoscientists-in-the-Park intern. Hunter and I were both hired to do the same job: studying the geology of the monument and a...