MIS 2018

This summer while at Shenandoah I will be working as a member of the Natural Resources Division on the botany crew helping with long term monitoring of rare and endangered plants. Within the park there are over 90 known populations of rare or endangered plants...

Founded in 1935, the goal of Shenandoah National Park was to create a national park in the east. The first national parks were created in the late 1800’s and were mainly in the West. In the east, the land was already developed and settled making...

As I anticipate my arrival at Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), I wonder what to expect in the geology of the Rockies.  As a geologist, I am curious to know how and when these mountains formed.  From my research, I have found that these mountains...

As I reflect on my history and how I came to be so interested in working in the world of field biology, I think back to my time at the Friday Habor Labs, a marine lab in the San Juan Islands of Washington State and...

Being in a huge, remote park with a small staff means the big projects, like mine, are saved for summers. This summer as a Bat Communications intern my main project is to manage acoustic monitoring data on bats. During the following nine weeks, I will be...

Witness What? This summer I will be using G.I.S. and a GPS to map, and create a story map for Witness Trees in the National Capital Region. What are Witness Trees? A Witness Tree by definition is a tree that is associated with an important historic figure or event,...

It is the start of week four for me out here in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This week I am doing more literature review and getting ready to take data next week. I am past training and get to work on my project for the...

Flanked by waist-high meadow grass that seemed to insulate us from the din of nearby roads, we walked toward a series of vernal pools. This location was a little off the beaten track. When entering Valley Forge, I thought that finding a spot of solitude...

Hey again! This year I will be interning at the George Washington Memorial Parkway as a G.I.S. Specialist. In this blog I wanted to tell you guys all about this park and its contributions to the National Park System. Where Is It? The parkway has two main sections,...

[caption id="attachment_6910" align="alignnone" width="556"] Rockfall at Westside Road, photo by NPS[/caption] Do you know some things Mt. Rainier National Park is known for from the following list? A) Being 97% wilderness B) Being established in 1899 as the 5th National Park C) Having the highest volcanic peak in the...