Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:17

Sun’s Out, Canoes Out!

I have been looking forward to the canoe program all summer. And, now, it is finally here! The canoe tour program includes paddling through Watch Hill’s salt marsh, and learning about the importance of this vital ecosystem. Next, we canoe out to Long Cove. Long Cove use to be a community at Fire Island before the government turned it into federally designated Wilderness.

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Friday, 27 July 2018 16:13

Go Fish!

Each of our fish tanks at the Visitor Center holds a different array of marine life present in the Great South Bay. The fish tanks and the seining program to fill the fish tanks are valuable for teaching the public about the bay ecosystem and the importance of protecting it.

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Friday, 03 August 2018 16:05

Latino Conservation Week

We had a very successful Latino Conservation Week event this week! The name of the event was “Latino Conservation Celebration Day at Fire Island.” I was very nervous the week before the event. For instance, I had nerves about the weather.

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Friday, 20 October 2017 16:03

Remembering Sandy

Hello Everyone! It has been a few weeks since my previous blog post and this one is a bit different. This post is dedicated to the fifth year anniversary since Hurricane Sandy.

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 16:01

Summer at the Seashore

Hey Everyone, I’m Roxana Saravia and I’m back for a second season as an intern with the Latino Heritage Internship Program! I will be returning to Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) for some more fun (and hard work) in the sun. If you are tuning in for the first time, you can read more about my last season at Fire Island on this blog. When we last left off, I mentioned that my internship had been extended. I remained at FIIS until November, and definitely made the most of my experience. I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to continue learning about FIIS and the National Park Service.

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:00

Environmental Justice

I grew up with clean drinking water. I had public parks available to me. My house wasn’t near a sewage treatment facility. Overall, I had clean air, clean water, and available green space. However, these important basic rights aren’t always available to everyone.

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 15:59

I Spy...

My first week has kept me busy! On my first day I went over to Watch Hill. It was nice to finally explore the site after hearing so much about it last season. I feel like there is a lot to do and learn at this site. The one thing I need to l learn more about is the procedure for campsites and back country camping. The visitor center operations are like the other sites on the island.

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Friday, 29 June 2018 15:57

The Impact of Weather

Working at a national park typically keeps you busy. There’s always something to do: a program to plan for, a visitor center to be staffed, a meeting or training to attend – and that’s just from an interpretive staff member’s perspective.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 15:56

Barrier Island Ecology

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.

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Friday, 03 August 2018 15:49

A Lesson in Time Management

I must say I don’t think I have ever felt so busy in my life. There is so much to plan and prepare for, and I feel like the time is slipping away. I would usually consider myself someone who is great at planning, but it seems as if I can’t catch up. Don’t take this complaining – I thrive the most when I’m busy.

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