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 …

Cave Hunter

There are many bright minds on the resource management team. One intern who has stood out the most in my mind is Hunter, a Geoscientists-in-the-Park intern. Hunter and I were both hired to do the same job: studying the geology …

How to Bat Chat

Here is something to know about me: I love talking to strangers, but give me a formal presentation and I clam up real fast. I took this internship to get me to practice being able to communicate science to the …

Rollin’ on the River

The river is a magical place. I haven’t been journaling much recently, but I filled about 15 pages as soon as I got back from this river trip. I wanted to capture everything I was feeling and write down everything …

Badda Bing Badda Butte

When you are following an SOP (standard operating procedure), you never know where you are going to go until you read it all the way through and they line it out for you extensively. With the North American bat monitoring …

A “Mammoth” Thank You

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 …

A Whole LAVA Livin’

At Lava Beds even walking through the sage brush and juniper is a learning experience. From scoping out eagle’s nests to scrambling over lava rock to find a cave to inventory vegetation, to setting up acoustic monitors, everything in this …

BAM (Bat Acoustic Monitoring)

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 …