Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’ve checked out some of the latest content on the Padre Island NS Division of Sea Turtle Science and Recovery, then you’ve likely seen some of my work this summer! My biggest project for my summer has been The …

Am I a Botanist Yet?

One of my goals for my summer as an NPS intern was to increase my plant knowledge. I realize that common plants in South Dakota will likely not show up too frequently back home in the Southeast, but I figure …

The History of Mount Rushmore

Though all national parks have complicated histories, Mount Rushmore National Monument is much more controversial and political than other sites. The monument was completed in 1941 by Gutzon Borglum. A member of the  Ku Klux Klan, Borglum’s prior projects included …

The Invisible Menace

This season I’ll be in charge of radon monitoring in the caves. Monitoring occurs year-round on a weekly basis, mainly on tour routes. The purpose of radon monitoring is less for the protection of visitors and more for tour guides …

A baby Kemp's ridley crawls in front of the camera as Amani Canada records video and audio of Dr. Donna Shaver and Nick Meyer.

Hello World!

Sea turtle themed paper holders, artwork, table bowls, and even stuffed toys and pillows find homes in Dr. Donna Shaver and Cynthia Rubio’s offices. Lately, I’ve been right along the menagerie! There are several offices scattered around the government buildings …

A Summer Exploring Wind Cave

This summer, my focus will lie on creating a geology training manual for the Interpretation and Education division of Wind Cave National park. This geologic resource manual will help future park interpreters and staff effectively communicate the geologic history of …

Exploring the Badlands

When I flew out to South Dakota, I did not expect to be sliding down Badlands, holding onto my hiking pole for dear life, soon after my arrival. 

The Northern Great Plains Inventory and Monitoring Network (I&M) travels to various …

A Mammoth of a Cave

If you didn’t already know, Mammoth Cave is part of the longest cave system in the world. Together with the caves of Flint Ridge and a few more systems, the passages are well over 400 miles and counting. Additionally there …