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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Visitor's Guide to Big Bend: Part 2

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As I am winding down my time here out in the Big Bend, I have been exposed to more sights and locations that I would recommend to visitors to fully understand the grandeur of the park. Some of these places I haven’t yet visited but are on my list for where to visit later on hopefully within the next couple weeks of my internship, however I wanted to write it up for friends and family…
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This week I got to present my third program, a guided hike through our big meadow area. I haven’t done a hiking program yet, so this was a different experience. The program lasts about an hour and a half, and most of that time I focus on how open spaces like this meadow form.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Tears and DeSoto

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This week was an easy week and a new experience for me. While I was at the front desk for most of the week I also had the opportunity to go outside of the park and make bonds with some of the young local kids. Larry and I went to a nearby town called Rainsville, and had a class for little kids about DeSoto and also delved deeper into why Little River Canyon is such…
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Arizona LHIP Interns Unite!

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Hey LHIP Familia, my summer has been such a busy blast so far! I recently had the huge pleasure of hosting LHIP Intern Miriam from Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona, at Saguaro National Park in Tucson.
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Saludos a todos una vez más. I hope this post finds everyone in good health and enjoying their time at their respective parks. I can’t believe how fast summer has gone by, and how we will soon be gathering in Colorado for the workshop. I’ve had such a wonderful time interning at Homestead that it honestly feels like I’ve been here a lot longer.
Sunday, July 15, 2018

Getting Underway

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The first two weeks as a Preservation Intern at San Francisco Maritime are in the books, and it has been quite the whirlwind already. As anyone who owns a boat would say, there’s always something to tend to, so it’s hard to imagine how the Small Boat Shop manages to tend to a multitude of boats. Furthermore, this is complicated because of the variety of vessels, in terms of models and eras.
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.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

On the River - En el río

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This past week was a short one, with the 4th of July off and a river trip on Tuesday. The river trip left Headquarters early in the morning and turned out well, with more water flow than expected and a great lunch on the riverbank. One of the canoes flipped after hitting a boulder sideways, but it was all pretty calm. With the next day off for the 4th of July, I took the opportunity…
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