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Prior to this internship, I had never been camping, repelling, or on long hikes. Today, I can now say I have done all three! My co-workers and I went on a camping trip to Crater Lake National Park earlier this summer, which was INCREDIBLE. I...

Natural resource professionals in Muir Woods National Monument are gearing up for a Salmon Habitat Enhancement Project scheduled for next summer. This project will restore sections of Redwood Creek by removing large boulders cemented into place over 80 years ago to create rip rap. While...

[caption id="attachment_7736" align="aligncenter" width="225"] Bat costume! Need I say more?[/caption] Here is something to know about me: I love talking to strangers, but give me a formal presentation and I clam up real fast. I took this internship to get me to practice being able to...

Quick! What’s ginormous, seemingly always yelling, reeks of fish, and weighs thousands of pounds? Don’t know the answer? Why, it’s an elephant seal, of course! This past weekend, a couple of fellow National Park Service coworkers and I got together to go tide-pooling along one of the beaches...

In last week's blog I talked about a couple different survey techniques that the Fisheries Crew and I had been using while out in the field. I mentioned that we were (at the time) working on a project referred to as "Giacomini Sampling". This sampling...

Good news: the first week of fieldwork was a success!!! This past week marked the beginning of the summer field work season for the fisheries crew and myself! It was a busy week filled with many exciting learning experiences as we began a new sampling project...

When you are following an SOP (standard operating procedure), you never know where you are going to go until you read it all the way through and they line it out for you extensively. With the North American bat monitoring program, our park has 5...

I spent most of this week in park wide training for first season park service staff but at the end of the week I led a hike on the Chilkoot Trail with the goal to reach several sample sites. When I was not in training...

When you’re a college student like me, you probably have people behind you cheering you on as you are going through school. Last summer I had an internship at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, and I met one of the bat interns, Katie. Even...