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This past school year I started a bird club at Wade Carpenter Middle School in an effort to get students to participate in citizen science. Citizen science is collaborative networking between scientists and everyday citizens. Through citizen science people can contribute to scientific data. For example,...

Today marks the completion of my first week as a Biological Technician with Lassen Volcanic National Park (LAVO), and I can say with certainty that it exceeded all expectations I had. LAVO, which was established as a national park by Congress in 1916, encompasses approximately...

Ever left something outside and bugs get into it? For my project bowls were left  outside for a day, and look what I caught. After a struggling task to figure out  coordinates for our transects Desi and I were able to put out bee bowls...

The days were already longer to begin with than what I was previously used to in Los Angeles. However, now that summer is here, I'm finding myself outside for longer periods of time as the days go by. Summer days in Colorado have so far...

I’ve always wondered if I had the patience to be a birder. On Thursday of this week, I found that with a bit more sunblock, I definitely did. My supervisor here in the Interpretation Division has organized times for me to partner with another park department,...

National Parks are incredible areas where we're able to preserve these beautiful environments and continue them sustainably, with as little impact as possible even with the public and recreational activities going on. While this may sound to some like an easy task of just putting...

I've officially started recording! I got my best recordings from birds at Clingman's Dome, the highest point at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Fun facts about Clingman's Dome is that at 6,643 ft, it is the highest point in Tennessee and the highest point east...

Mycology and mycorrhizal networks. Exploring the ways in which fungi interact with and complicate forest networks and growth patterns has been one of the most complex intellectual endeavors I’ve ever attempted. …And also one of the most fascinating. Expanding and destabilizing my own definitions of sentience,...

Water is the most important element for life on earth. It is highly evident in southwestern Arizona desert ecosystems where the average yearly rainfall is about 18 inches. Most of the rainfall falls during the monsoon, which traditionally starts on June 24th Dia de San...

I was able to spend my days looking for caves at Craters at the Moon that have yet to be explored. I had one particular cave in mind. It wasn't just any old cave I was looking for though, it was the Big Enchilava (yes...