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The Basinwide Systematic Surveys are still underway! If you haven’t read my last blog post detailing the first step of our current survey process, I recommend it for an in-depth explanation! For those who haven’t, our basinwide systematic survey process begins with habitat typing, which...

Since coming to Point Reyes, I’ve spent a lot of time in creeks. Many people (myself included) may focus on the contents of the creek; what species are swimming around under rock shelves, what is the quality of the water? However, a very important aspect...

Lava Beds National Monument | Summer 2021 | Blog #7 Cover picture: My supervisor does a bit of woodwork as a hobby and he made this for me to memorialize my time here. Words can’t fully convey how grateful I am for your guidance and support...

The historic Point Reyes Lighthouse, a popular attraction at the park. Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Deja Olumba, and I am currently a junior at Texas A&M studying Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. I am very lucky to be spending this summer as...

Lava Beds National Monument | Summer 2021 | Blog #6 Cover picture: This picture captures A LOT of bats, probably hundreds or thousands flying out per second in this one frame. Wanna try counting? I’ve experienced many moments where I am overwhelmed, humbled, and amazed by sights...

Lava Beds National Monument | Summer 2021 | Blog #5 Cover picture: An old picture of Tulelake Segregation Center (taken sometime in 1942-1946) juxtaposed against a picture from the present-day site of where the center used to be. WWII History: Before Achieving National Monument Status I write...

Lava Beds National Monument | Summer 2021 | Blog #4 Cover picture: A backcountry cave with a “do not trespass” sign for those who may happen to stumble upon it. Apparently that pile of sticks is an owl's nest, according to one of our cave files...