Mount Rainier

Nearly every Friday this summer, I have been in the practice of hiking a trail out of my backyard called “Eagles Peak”.  When I first trudged the 3.5 miles up to the peak in early June, the entire upper third of the hike was frosted...

Over the first few weeks of my internship at Mount Rainier, one of my most frequent jobs has been monitoring and assessing hazard trees around campgrounds and public areas. Hazard trees are, well, any type of hazardous tree that could inflict damage on property or...

One of my favorite aspects about my internship this summer is the flexibility to learn from other teams in natural resources outside of my daily work with vegetation. For example, I had a great time last Friday volunteering with the aquatics crew. We visited two...

A little about me: Greetings and welcome to my MIS internship blog! My name is Ameen Asbahi, this summer I am working as a vegetation biology assistant at Mount Rainier National Park. My position is mainly focused on science communication, creating stories from the data my...

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...

I didn’t realize how much I would miss the mountain until I left for a few days. The quiet, the green, the omnipresence of the mountain watching over us even when we can’t see her. The people, the simplicity of the daily routine, the distinct...

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...

Mount Rainier is ringed by fields and meadows of subalpine ecosystems. The stark outline of the glaciers and ancient lava flows are an incredible contrast to the mass of color and life that, somewhat surprisingly, thrives at 6,000 feet. In late summer, even after a...

My favorite part of my Mosaics in Science internship so far has been my work environment. Yes, I love the people I work with in the Park – and they are all incredible. However, I also can not get enough of the breath-taking ecosystems I...

As I begin my Mosaics internship, I am realizing I have a lot to learn. My internship focuses on rare carnivores in Mount Rainier. The rare carnivores in the Park that I will be working with are the Cascade Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes cascadensis), Wolverine...