In the Field

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...

This past week I officially moved to Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. It is incredible to have the privilege and opportunity to live in such a special place. [caption id="attachment_7081" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Views from a hike on Bunsen Peak trail, right near where I...

The project I will be focusing on will consist of implementing a plan to restore a wetland. The wetland, known as Dosey Gap, is located off Schoolhouse Gap trail. Survey methods include utilizing a Trimble device in order to collect points along the perimeter towards...

This week, my partner Karl and I started our habitat mapping project in Redwood Creek. Our first task for the mapping project was to collect geographic locations at the edges of the water and along the banks, and most importantly, locate the large woody debris...

This internship alternates between being physically and intellectually demanding. Last week, I spent 4 out of my 5 work days doing fieldwork, sometimes doing 5 to 7-mile round-trip hikes often times with 1300-1700 ft. in elevation gain. While rewarding, our tundra sites are not always easy...

We finally set up our traps!!!! After 2 weeks of building, pinning, learning, and labeling, we finally got to go out into the field! We got to visit our 5 sites over a 4-day period - these sites spanned from Mt. Healy (which is right outside...

This summer, one of the focus species I am documenting at Minute National Historical Park is the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii). Blanding’s turtles are medium-sized, semi-aquatic and freshwater inhabitants. These turtles can be identified with its yellow and black lower shell (plastron), and most noticeably,...

"What I love most about rivers is, you can't step in the same river twice. The water's always changing, always flowing." Yes this song was stuck in my head each time I stepped into the canoe to paddle to our survey sites. It's basically the theme...

For my first field visit (commonly referred to as a ‘hitch’), I headed out to Bighorn Canyon recreation area for a week.  [caption id="attachment_6812" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our campsite setup near Ewing-Snell Ranch[/caption] While in Bighorn Canyon, we surveyed various areas for target vegetation species. During the week...

Surrounding regions of Minute Man National Historical Park have transformed from a semi-rural cultural area to established suburbs that face continual pressures from residential, commercial, and industrial development. This development not only impacts historic and cultural site preservation efforts, but also presence of rare species...