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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 (North American Bat Monitoring Program) sites....

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 summer, which was INCREDIBLE. I...

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 program, our park has 5...

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 desert is fascinating. Since my...

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...

Being from the east, the idea of a high elevation desert is hard to imagine. After a full day of flying and a long drive to the park, the sight of the Klamath Basin with the miles of views of buttes, junipers, sage brush made...

Hey y'all!! My name is Alisa Cloutier and I will be the natural resources program assistant at Lava Beds National Monument. I grew up in a Japanese-American home where my dad was constantly fixing cars, my mother cooking Japanese food, and my brothers being...

To switch things up this week, I thought I would interview someone working for the National Park Service I think is a great person for who they are and what they do for Yosemite National Park. Though I do not directly report to her, she...

"Young people and their phones, ugh!" "Excuse me, can you take a photo of us?" "I don't want to hike all of that." "Where is the closest wifi?" These are some of the things my family and I heard while walking around the more touristy areas of Yosemite National...

There's something about the National Park Service emblem and logo that just immediately allows people to trust whoever is wearing it. That's what I think I've gathered most so far during this internship. The Division of Resource Management and Science provides the expertise and sustainable management of Yosemite's...