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My assigned project at Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve is to process recordings from bat acoustic recording units and to upload the data to NaBat, which is the North American Bat Monitoring Program. First, I have to make sure that the recording units are...

My summer by the numbers… Over the course of my internship, I spent 5 days on the Colorado River, 1 day on Lake Powell, 3 days on a paleontology survey, and the rest of my time at park headquarters. Outside of work, I’ve visited 2 national...

Columbian mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) were a magnificent species of mammoth that roamed North America during the Pleistocene epoch. While they shared a distant relationship with the well-known Woolly mammoths (yes, just like Manny from the timeless 'Ice Age' movies), Columbian mammoths stood tall, surpassing Wooly's...

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” - Thornton WilderDuring a hike this week, I paused at the top of a hill, soaking in sweeping views of the foggy coastal prairie ecosystem and the...

“Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature's darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature's peace will flow into you...

Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve is located in the Siskiyou Mountains at an elevation of 4000 feet. The park expanded to approximately 4,600 acres back in 2014. ORCA, as many refer to the park, is located 20 miles from its nearest town called Cave...

Hello, my name is Olivia Montoya. I am an Environment for the Americas intern, at the Great Sand Dunes National Park (GRSA), through the Mosaics in Science Internship Program. I contribute to the Visitor-use Management study, an ongoing study created to understand entrance station and parking...

It’s hard to believe that it is already July. Lately (since June 26th), I have been on the lake every day as the two new Resource Management interns have taken over my E. coli testing and macroinvertebrate sampling duties. I still sometimes get to do...

Wildflowers! Such a wonderful part of the natural world. Soaking up the sun in the sky and water in the soil to turn simple elements into valued resources is an incredible feat that’s often underappreciated. On my hike into the Belly River, my coworkers and...

While Death Valley is known for its lowest point and highest temperatures in the valley itself, the park is actually much more than just the dry desert. It expands to over three million acres, and covers a number of mountain ranges where most of my...