Gone Fishing (for Birds)

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived!  As I write this blog, I’ve completed my first day of hummingbird banding training! It’s a lot of fun to capture hummingbirds, and easier than you might think.  Handling them is

New Supe for You

The staff at Capulin Volcano is thrilled as our acting superintendent, Fermin Salas, has arrived on-site. Fermin has a lot of great ideas for the park and has been a very warm addition to the group so far.  I conducted

A Brief History of Capulin Volcano

It dawned on me that though this is my fourth week here, I haven’t shared much about the park itself.  In 1890, inspector WD Harland of the General Land Office visited Capulin.  After his visitation, he recommended that the volcano

Pollen and Pecos

There are pollen slides collected from birds going back to 2014.  It’s slow work, but I’m planning to get through all the slides by the end of the summer.  Just to give you an idea of what I’m looking at,

Volcano Views

With my first week at Capulin in the books, I have a pretty good idea of how I’m going to be spending the summer.  For the past few years, people in my position have worked hard to create a pollen

Cross Country

Hello! Welcome to the Xavier Rivera edition of the Capulin Volcano National Monument blog.  It will be hosted by yours truly, Xavier Rivera.  As I write this post, I have arrived at my yurt in Capulin after three-ish long days …

Sunset on a Volcano

This summer has flown by, just as I knew it would. This is my last full week at Capulin Volcano National Monument, before heading to Denver for our Mosaics in Science workshop in Lakewood, Colorado. While I am sad that …

Capulin Volcano- Still Blooming!

The weather here at Capulin Volcano National Monument is much different than what I usually experience in coastal California. California’s Mediterranean climate means cool wet winters and hot dry summers. Here at Capulin we tend to have hot, sometimes humid …


This week we had a special event at Capulin Volcano National Monument, BioBlitz 2018! Our BioBlitz is a yearly event where we invite the public to take part in several fun and educational activities not offered year round. A big …