Golden Gate

“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...

In mid-June, I had the opportunity to join a four-day camping trip to Pinnacles National Park, where I spent time with the botany, raptor, and riparian monitoring teams to learn about their research and collect media materials. Below are some highlights and observations from each...

Owls, starfish, & plovers… oh my! Before this internship began, I never imagined that I would have so many new, incredible, and diverse experiences packed in my first month. Over the past weeks, I’ve been visiting with various San Francisco Bay Area Inventory & Monitoring Network...

Hi everyone! My name is Avani Fachon, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a Science Communication Assistant with the San Francisco Bay Area Inventory & Monitoring Network (SFAN) this summer. When I arrived at Fort Cronkhite last week and pulled open the...

August 2, 2018 For the past few weeks, Karl and I have been tracking 7 Western Pond Turtles in Redwood Creek. Using the transmitters attached to their shells, we can get a pretty good idea of their whereabouts, and sometimes, if we're lucky (and quiet enough),...

This past week, I've teamed up with the The Point Reyes Fisheries Crew (and their Mosaics intern, Katlyn!) to collect data that can help determine population numbers of Coho in Redwood Creek. [caption id="attachment_8388" align="alignnone" width="768"] Mosaics Intern Katlyn![/caption] This time of year in the creek, Coho...

This week, Karl and I turned an errand to pick up fish food from the Don Clauson Hatchery (for an experiment later this summer!) into a field trip to learn about the Russian River’s Coho Broodstock Recovery Program. We met at the Hatchery Visitor Center...

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...

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...

In the middle of the night when the tide is high, a wave will wash over the sand filling the beach with small silver fish wiggling under the night sky. Then, just as quickly as they appeared, when the next wave crashes, the fish will...