in the field Tag

So far this summer I've meet quite a few ologists: botanists, fire ecologists, entomologists and anthropologists. Before going out in the field with any of them, my supervisor would warn "ologists are weird" and tell me a story about said ologist. Like how the state...

Iceburg Rock in Carlsbad CavernPapoose Room in Carlsbad CavernUnique drapery formation in the Papoose RoomGreen Lake in Carlsbad Cavern About Carlsbad. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico, very near the border between Texas and Mexico. The land here was...

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, or plants or whatever. I...

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....

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 of the monument and a...

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...

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 the bat interns, Katie. Even...

For my first field visit (commonly referred to as a ‘hitch’), I headed out to Bighorn Canyon recreation area for a week.  [caption id="attachment_6812" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Our campsite setup near Ewing-Snell Ranch[/caption] While in Bighorn Canyon, we surveyed various areas for target vegetation species. During the week...

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...

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...