In the Field

My name is Terence Borja, a local of the beautiful island of Guam and I have been selected to be part of the National Park Service family, specifically the Natural Resource side under Dr. Timothy Clark. This week, although my first and probably my toughest...

     Night In the Life: Nocturnal  Office work is has its perks but field work will always have my heart. 12 hours on the beaches of Buck Island allows for a whirlwind of emotions and different tasks. I was able to capture this and compile...

Cave Biology Oh, hello again! Welcome back to my blog. I'm calling in from a small fraction of Mammoth Cave’s (greater than) 420 miles of cave passages to report on some cave critters I’ve seen, and mention some that are infrequently seen! The cave ecosystem has...

When I say “subalpine meadow monitoring,” I can guess the image that appears in your mind. The first time I heard about our season-long project, I was picturing rolling green Sound of Music hills, complete with frolicking and wildflowers and birdsong. And while we do...

PART 1: FRAGILITY When you visit Mount Rainier, odds are that you go up to the Paradise area of the park. Known for its showy wildflowers and mountain views, it is one of the most highly visited sections of the park, and has the impacts to...

My shift on July 10th started just like any other day. Fellow turtle intern Rachel and I were conducting sea turtle patrol on our ATVs. We drove 5 miles north to the tip of the island, to begin traversing south. I was not paying much...

One cool thing about working at Saguaro National Park, is the flexibility of assisting in many different projects. This week we worked on a citizen science nationwide project called ‘Dragonfly Mercury Project’ (DMP). It started in 2011 in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and...

So, my project is turning out to be interesting and engaging, yet somewhat complicated. Because of the delayed start time for the internship, a lot of my duties here had to be reduced or cut out. Thankfully, the main duty of monitoring Piping Plover nests...

I received an invitation to help some rangers with a wilderness hike. The plan was to meet at a campground and take visitors on a longer hike through the Badlands Wilderness Area. Those who are helping are Jessica the wilderness and wildlife expert, Mark the history expert, led...