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Recreational caving is new to me. Sure, I’ve poked around in small caves with a flashlight, but they’d either end or become crawlways that I didn’t feel comfortable going through. Prior to this summer, my favorite cave visit was to the Wabasha Street Caves in...

Sometimes, things don't go as planned. My work on the Dragonfly Mercury Project has thus far been a lot of organizing supplies, sending emails, and scouting potential sites. As I write this post, I have yet to take a group of volunteers out and conduct a...

Greetings from Zion National Park! Hello. My name is Camille Burrus. I am interning this summer at the beautiful Zion National Park. I have had the honor to work with the desert tortoise. Although the tortoises are currently burrowing underground to avoid the heat, I did...

I spent most of this week in park wide training for first season park service staff but at the end of the week I led a hike on the Chilkoot Trail with the goal to reach several sample sites. When I was not in training...

When you’re a college student like me, you probably have people behind you cheering you on as you are going through school. Last summer I had an internship at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and I met one of the bat interns, Katie. Even...

Working in a National Park doesn’t always mean working outdoors! That was the case for me last week, as much of my time was spent at a computer. The great thing about living at a park however, is that you’re just steps away from trails...

During the course of my internship I have participated in multiple cross-training activities with other departments in the park, as well as training courses to be recertified in first aid/CPR/AED and training to learn proper search and rescue technique. The cross- training I have received...

At the end of my first week in the Park, I have a handle on the two main projects I’ll be woking on this summer. The first project will be an anthology of all the research done in RMNP about the limber pine, a five-needle-bundled...

This past week I officially moved to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. It is incredible to have the privilege and opportunity to live in such a special place. [caption id="attachment_7081" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Views from a hike on Bunsen Peak trail, right near where I...

The project I will be focusing on will consist of implementing a plan to restore a wetland. The wetland, known as Dosey Gap, is located off Schoolhouse Gap trail. Survey methods include utilizing a Trimble device in order to collect points along the perimeter towards...