Wonder and the Unfamiliar

This past Tuesday I found myself at McGraw Ranch, a complex nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Here gentle, forested hills converge at a stream that traces the front periphery of the complex and feeds into a small, …

Estes Park, CO

Before coming to Estes Park for my internship, I did not know what to expect.  I had never lived in a small mountain town where the tourist seem to outnumber the residents and was anxious to see what it would …

Lily Lake Project Update

I’ve talked a bit about the phenology project at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park, so now I’d like to update you on what’s been happening the last few weeks.  Once a week, I go out to Lily Lake …

Raptor Surveys

The morning was beautiful and hot spent out on the rocks doing raptor surveys. It was a briefly intense hike to the site but once in place the view was amazing. Although early in the season there was a definite …

History at Home

Since starting my internship, I have had the opportunity to live at McGraw Ranch, a historical ranch built in 1884 that has been preserved and repurposed as a space for researchers to live and work.  The ranch is named after …

South Dakota Adventures

This past weekend I went to Jewel Cave and Wind Cave with some of my fellow interns thanks to the efforts of EFTA (Environment for the Americas).  We went to Jewel Cave first, which was an impressive cave system whose …

The mind of a brilliant man.

Nick Bartush is a brilliant coworker I have had the pleasure of working alongside this summer and has truly made hard days a little brighter! Often arriving to work early and leaving the last second of the day, I see

Lost in the willows

Willow plants are of the genus Salix and Rocky Mountain has a variety of  species growing. Recently I have worked on identifying different species growing, exciting stuff! I have become familiar and capable of identifying the common species. One morning …