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Saturday, June 13, 2020

The San Antonio Missions

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I have lived in San Antonio for most of my life and I have never seen the missions in all their glory the way I recently have been able to, due to my internship.
Friday, June 12, 2020

From Coast to Coast

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 2020 has been a year of change, adjustments, and transitions. My internship was not exempt from these changes.
Friday, June 12, 2020

New World In My Hometown

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I have been an intern at San Antonio Missions National Park for two weeks now.
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Hi all! Hola a todos! Last week I started my new job as a Citizen Science Latinx Engagement Intern for the National Park Service in their Washington D.C. Area Support Office, or WASO for short. Since I am teleworking, I am writing this in my backyard accompanied by my pup, who would also like to share a little more about WASO.
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We are two weeks into the LHIP internship and I have seen more screen time than sun.
Friday, June 05, 2020

TRAILHEAD - COMIENZO DEL SENDERO

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¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone! Week one of my internship with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is in the books. Sure maybe it wasn’t what I was expecting, but neither is the current state of the world. Maybe we should back it up a little bit, my name is Rebecca Flores. I grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas; where the sun is always burning at a steady 100 degrees,…
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I would like to apologize in advance, this week’s blog will be brief. It has been a difficult time in our country. It is a time of frustration, pain, and activism. With the most recent events, I can not help but realize that NOW is the perfect time to stay motivated, fight for justice and spread diversity, inclusivity, and peace. I have come to realize and reflect on my journey. How grateful I am for…
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Coming into my internship this summer, during a pandemic, I was unsure of how my internship would go. Would I be able to contribute and learn about the SEAC Center, gain experience in archeological techniques and curation, and assist in archaeological work?
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Hi! Hello! I hope you are all well and staying safe. There is some much going on and being away from home makes me wish things were different. That however does not change the fact that I am excited to be here, and that video chat has never been ever more present in my life. I have officially been here over a couple of days almost a week, but for now I want to talk…
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Hola, ¡bienvenidos! First and foremost, I want to take the time to express my gratitude. I am the daughter of Gerardo Garcia, a humble, adventurous man from Jojutla, Morelos and daughter of Justina Garcia, the compassionate, bold woman from Acapulco, Guerrero. My parents immigrated to California in search of a life with greater opportunities. They have never stopped striving to provide me with the best quality of life. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities…
Friday, October 11, 2019

The Sun Sets on My Internship

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On the last day of my LHIP internship at Dinosaur National Monument, I want to share some of the results of my work on monarch butterflies. First, in my field work this summer and fall, I saw around 300 adult monarchs. These high numbers have suggested that the monarchs in this area might be part of the eastern monarch population that migrates to Mexico rather than the western population that goes to California. The California…
Monday, October 07, 2019

My Guide to Catching Monarch Butterflies

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Throughout my internship experience researching monarch butterflies, I have been trying to encourage people to become monarch butterfly citizen scientists. A citizen scientist is someone who isn’t a professional scientists but can still contribute to important research. In the case of monarch research, citizens can be involved with about everything, including catching and tagging monarchs for migration research. The more citizen scientists there are reporting tagging monarchs, the more we can learn about migration. As…
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During my internship, Dinosaur has caught and tagged 150 monarch butterflies. (Pictured is a mosaic of pictures of most of our tagged monarchs). Out of those 150 catches, some stick in my memory as particularly special. Without further ado, here’s the list of the five best monarch catches of my internship. #5 The 100th monarch The actual catch on this monarch was nothing too special, but there was much fanfare about catching and tagging our…
Friday, September 20, 2019

Inspiring Monarch Citizen Science

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I recently administered a monarch butterfly school field trip at Dinosaur for middle school students from nearby Vernal, Utah. On the day of the field trip, I arrived with colleagues to the Josie’s Cabin area a little before 7:30. On this early morning, the goal was for our team to catch as many monarchs as we could before the student’ arrival at 9:00. Then, we could start their field trip by tagging a batch of…
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While rafting on the Green River last week, I continued the tasks I have been working on all summer: surveying for monarch butterfly habitat and tagging adult butterflies. Surveying for habitat meant recording the presence and approximate number of milkweed plants along each river mile. For about the first two days of the float, milkweed was present in nearly continuous patches on both sides of the river. Farther downstream, patches started shrinking and becoming fewer…
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Back From Rafting the Green River

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Last week, I was lucky enough to be a participant on a big horn sheep and monarch butterfly biological survey trip on the Green River. Since the stunning and dramatic canyons of the Green are hardly accessible on day trips or by car, we needed a multi-day trip of rafting to look for sheep and monarchs in the heart of the river canyons. Thus, a group of 11 park staff and volunteers loaded up onto…
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