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It's o-fish-al: I've just completed my first week as a Fisheries Technician Intern here at Point Reyes National Seashore (PORE). Between finishing the school year, embarking on my road trip from WA to CA, moving into park housing, and reporting for my first day this...

The week was full of early mornings, learning, meeting new people, and learning new skills. I loved every bit of it! The focus has changed to willow plant ID, which has proven to be challenging, keeping me guessing still. These plants are very unique, but can...

This week, my partner Karl and I started our habitat mapping project in Redwood Creek. Our first task for the mapping project was to collect geographic locations at the edges of the water and along the banks, and most importantly, locate the large woody debris...

I have finally arrived in the state of Colorado for the first time! My journey from Washington to Colorado has been filled with changing landscapes, climate, and overall scenery. The drive from the Denver area to Estes Park provided plenty of roadside geologic outcrops that...

This past week I finally got out with my volunteers to do some bat surveys. The first survey we are doing is the Emergence Survey which is counting the number of bats that come out of the building or cave. We follow the Ohio Department...

The Great Smoky Mountains has offered an abundance of new learning experiences. When hiking to a plot for data collection, it is important to remain aware of ones surroundings, the likelihood of crossing paths with a black bear is always present. In such a case,...

[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...