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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Latino Conservation Week

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There’s lots to say today, but I definitely want to keep it short because there’s still a lot to do. Today is the first day of Latino Conservation Week, and I kicked it off with my Ranchero Program and I’m happy to say it was a big success.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Barrier Island Ecology

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Have you ever asked yourself, “What is ecology?” It’s the study of organisms and how they interact with their environment. One of the best things about Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) is the diversity of ecosystems. We have ocean beaches, salt marsh, swale, and maritime forest. Who would have ever thought that much variety existed among the flora and fauna that cover the 32 miles of FIIS.
Friday, July 13, 2018

Hidden History of the Everglades

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This internship has been so incredible. I have been so lucky to have seen the vast wildlife that the Everglades has to offer to us. My project here is essentially to help the Education department expand their Nike Missile Site Program for High School students. You read that right…a missile base out in the middle of Everglades National Park.
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A lot is still being uncovered about dinosaurs and how they used to live and what they looked like. Some of this discovery is being made at Big Bend National Park. In an paper published in 2013, Dr. Nick Longrich introduced a new genus of Caenagnathidae, a type of a toothless, bird-like dinosaur about the size of a dog that lived some 75 million years ago. This new genus, Leptorhynchus, (meaning small-beak) was found outside…
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Now that I feel comfortable working the desk and answering questions, I can also help with our Junior Ranger program. The program involves a booklet that visitors can complete to get their little Shenandoah Junior Ranger badge. Although anyone can participate in the program, it’s mainly aimed at kids with more kid-friendly activity pages. After the booklet is completed, the participant will come to the visitor center and be quizzed over some of the material…
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Taking a Ride Aboard History

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https://cdn1.latinoheritageintern.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/10222212/IMG_9356.mov This week I was able to participate in what I think is one of San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s coolest feature for visitors.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Cross Training Week

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Hello! This past week has been a busy week! I got the opportunity to do more than just the camp curriculum. To start, on Monday I enjoyed one of our many weekly programs and that was our Yoga Hike. We went on about a mile and half hike, and stopped along the way and did some yoga poses. Later that day, I assisted the Biological Science Technician with pulling invasive plants out of our meadows.…
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Baby Steps

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Since I have started everything has been so smooth and calm, and I’ve learned everything without being rushed. When I entered the internship we had thoughts of bringing more of the Latino community to the Preserve, but hadn’t really thought of ways to do it because there were no other Latinos working in the park except for me. However, Larry Beane, my supervisor, had asked if I was willing to do a hike with him…
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Water Works

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These past couple of weeks we have been transitioning from the bird surveys to stream surveys. My position as a Bio Tech intern consists mostly of collecting data for ongoing National Park Service projects, habitat management, and generally just being outdoors. I don’t interact with visitors at all, and we mostly just work outside or in the office on rainy days.
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Between last week and this week finishing up, we have been put to the test and made sure we were on our A-game. All the information about my program of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historical Trail was put to use in three events we attended, from the most important event that our organization attends to a hike out on the same trail that the Anza Expedition traveled through. These events definitely put us…
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Experience I Didn't Know I Needed

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Hi Everyone, It’s been a whole month since I got to Grants, New Mexico and my goodness has it been quite the experience so far! Being from such a big city, I didn’t know what to expect while living in Grants. I’ve noticed a lot of changes since I started living here. One of the biggest ones is how relaxed and at peace I feel here. Everything is so calm and when I go out…
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One thing I’ve learned about Nebraska in the month that I’ve been here is that Nebraskans really like the Fourth of July. As an intern at Homestead, I’ve been granted the opportunity to observe this up close. The festivities are not limited to the Fourth, but rather begin in advance of Independence Day.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Unexpected Park Tour

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This week I arrived to the visitors center expecting to do some work on the computer all day but I actually ended up taking a tour of some of the most beautiful sites I’ve ever seen.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Plants, Plants, and more Plants!

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I honestly would have never guessed how much I would be learning about plants in this internship. I was never really a plant guy, but this has opened my eyes to a whole new world. I know, I know, it seemed obvious, but I never had the push to go out of my way to learn about them until now.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Pasados del Presidio

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This past weekend, the Anza Trail participated in the Pasados del Presidio event at the Presidio in San Francisco. It was two-day commemoration of the Presidio’s founding as a Spanish Army post, and honored the heritage of early Californian cultures—Native American, Spanish and Mexican—and the founding of El Presidio de San Francisco in 1776.
Monday, July 09, 2018

Mid-Point

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Hello Everyone, One more week until Latino Conservation Week, and also being halfway through my internship. I’m very excited to do my ranger program that I talked about last time, on the history of the Point Reyes Rancheros. I’ve been advertising it a lot lately, and hope a good number of people will show up.
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