Are You Sad It’s Over?

In just a few short days, my internship will be over, and I will fly to Washington, D.C. Last night, I went to the local park for an evening program and bat mask painting for the last time. Children from …

Live Bats and Junior Ranger Day

The night before Junior Ranger Day, the Natural Resources division decided to put on our first-ever live evening Bat Chat. This meant that twelve hours before Junior Ranger Day began, we set out into the night in two teams: one …

Calm Before the Storm

Everything at Lava Beds is deceptively calm this week. The offices and the Visitor Center have been quiet and even the wildlife seems subdued: when Emma and I went to check on the Bald Eagles, all the birds were napping …

Bat Guano and Kindergarteners

Question: What’s scarier, giving a presentation about bats to a group of fidgety kindergarteners or climbing down a rocky trench and into a massive cave?

Answer: Neither! Both are fantastic opportunities that will enrich your life and give you newfound …

Bat, Chats, and Fun Facts

If four bat skeletons, three stuffed animals, two coloring pages, and one aggressively friendly smile can’t convince visitors to talk to you about bats, nothing can.

I stock my Bat Chat table with all these props and more, hoping to …

Surveying Bald Eagle Nests

“Did you know that, in movies, they rarely use the actual call of a bald eagle?”

After hiking through pines trees, down a cave, over a trench, and up one of the tallest buttes in the park, I barely understood …

Exploring Heppe Ice Cave

Lava Beds National Monument has over twenty developed caves for visitors to discover, but, if a cave contains bat maternity colonies, then the cave is shut. The caves are shut for the bats’ protection because, like birds, bats are at …

Into the Humidity

I know when you start an internship you are supposed to have an idea of what you are getting into and what your goals are to grow within the positon. I remember telling my supervisor, “anything with bats or wildlife, …

Many Props Needed

Reflecting back on my past 10 weeks, I’m asking myself, “what haven’t I done?”

One of the first things I did when I got to Lava Beds was to analyze the last two years of data from our NA Bat …

Not Hitting Rock Bottom

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 …