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[caption id="attachment_2015" align="alignright" width="225"] Newly hatch giant mesquite bug clumped on a plant in the mesquite bosque[/caption] The Santa Cruz River supports a huge diversity of life in Arizona. Most of the ecosystem has been lost due to irrigational pumping and tree clearing, making this riparian habitat...

Stood in silence for a minute and enjoyed the light breeze grazing my skin in the hot humid morning. Took in the sound of cars driving past and a variety of bird songs all coming together. I glanced around at the tops of trees hoping...

After a nearly 70 year absence, 41 wolves from Canada and northwest Montana were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park between 1995 and 1997. Predation is a fundamental ecological process, therefore research is most often conducted using large carnivores. Wolf predation has been amongst the best-studied predator-prey...

Leatherback sea turtles are the largest of all living turtles, weighing up to 2000 pounds. They’re also the most pelagic (open ocean dwelling), while other sea turtle species spend most of their lives in neritic (nearshore) environments. Unlike other sea turtle species, leatherbacks lack a...

Hello once again. My time here at Craters of the Moon continues to expose me to new and valuable experiences in the field of conservation. This past week I went on a 5 day hiking trip, aiding the park's wildlife biologist in invasive species removal. The...

This post marks the end of another excellent and fairly short work week, one spent mostly behind a very cool telescope.  The solar forecast has been fairly calm over the last four days, so there were very few prominences or sunspots to be observed through the solar...

This week of my Mosaics in Science internship consisted of continued training and learning about the purpose of the aquatic herpetological restoration projects going on throughout Yosemite National Park. There are particular reptile and amphibian focal species of concern in the park including the Sierra...

Hello all, my name is Mauro Hernandez and I will be spending this summer at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Arco, Idaho. I am a recent graduate from the University of California-Santa Cruz with a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies. I drove out...

This semester a group of Fourth grade students from High Tech Explorer Elementary embarked on a journey to learn about some of San Diego’s tidepool critters. These students demonstrated their knowledge base of the creatures through the fusion of art and technology. [caption id="attachment_1965" align="aligncenter"...

  [caption id="attachment_1972" align="aligncenter" width="382"] A bridge along Little River, close to home[/caption]   Hello World and Welcome to the Smokies! [caption id="attachment_1970" align="alignleft" width="155"] First day on the field, trying the equipment around Twin Creeks.[/caption] I'm Laura C. Del Valle and I’ll be working this summer on Great Smoky...