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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Empress Leilia and the Hackberry Emperor

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I wanted to introduce you to the first butterflies that I learned to tell apart back in August. They are in the Nymphalidae family and are known to occur at Saguaro National Park so we had to learn to tell them apart early on. We were told that you should memorize their general pattern quickly and ID them as Nymphalidae - Asterocampa, but that to get down to species level (Asterocampa celtis vs Asterocampa leilia)…
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Desert Wildlife

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I have been so amazed at the diversity of wildlife I have seen at the park during my internship. At the beginning, I thought it was too hot to see such diversity, but Saguaro National Park has proven me wrong. I have been able to see the diversity in habitats that the park offers, which allows for diversity of wildlife. When people think of the Sonoran Desert, they usually just think of dry cactus forests.…
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On September 11-13th, a team of National Park Service staff, volunteers, and myself as the LHIP Science Communications and Resource Monitoring intern surveyed the Green River for Monarch butterflies at all life stages. We floated from the Gates of Lodore (River Mille 243) to Split Mountain Boat Ramp ( River Mile 200). The survey was completed with 15 instars in various stages, 15 eggs, and no adult monarchs. Monarchs in any of these life stages…
Saturday, October 03, 2020

From Watch Hill to the Estate!

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What a crazy and fun journey it has been so far interning for Fire Island National Seashore! I wish I could show you guys the beauty of this park in person because photos do not show justice. As Fall approaches so does change here at the park. Soon the park sites on the island like Watch Hill and Sailors Haven will be closing its doors to visitors and limiting the ferry rides due to the…
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Electrofishing: The Easiest Way To Catch Fish

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At Dinosaur I've had the great fortune of participating in numerous opportunities. I can now say that I've drawn blood from a Prairie Dog and tagged a Monarch. Yet, electrofishing was by far one of the most interesting experiences I've had, especially since it tested my hand-eye coordination. In the morning, I had the opportunity to meet the staff from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) that would be guiding us on our mission.…
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time flies when you’re having fun!

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Time flies when you’re having fun! We are now done with week 5 of fieldwork. Weeks 2-5 have been a wild ride of butterflies, tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes, owls, hawks, insects, and water. Week 2 - The week where I was stung by a bee. We were reaching the halfway point of our survey on Monday when I felt that sharp, biting pain in my back that I knew was a bee sting. What a…
Monday, September 21, 2020

Continuing my Colorado Chapter

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As the fall approaches, the trembling aspen trees have begun displaying hues of yellows which will turn to orange and reds. Time is fleeting, and we’re existing in these unique yet temporary moments of our lives. As my internship approaches its inevitable end, I will always cherish the experiences I’ve made throughout my LHIP journey. Despite no longer being in LHIP, my time at FLFO will continue through an internship with the Student Conservation Association…
Monday, September 21, 2020

Ranger Luis connecting to you via Zoom

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I just ended week four with the environmental education team here at Rocky Mountain National Park and it is going amazingly well. I am beginning to break the barriers of being the only new staff and feel comfortable being myself more and more. I would say this is due to my contribution during my first week here making one of our team essentials revolving around “ Be Authentically You”. I think it really helped us…
Friday, September 18, 2020

Save the Butterflies!

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As I am going through my internship, I’m getting better at identifying the six butterfly families and I would like to share what I know. The six families are Papilionidae, Nymphalidae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, Pieridae, and Hesperiidae. I feel that Papilionidae and Nymphalidae are the most common in terms of well known butterflies. Papilionidae contains swallowtails, which have a flowy flight pattern and have broad fore wings. Nymphalidae contains monarchs and queens-which everyone loves. My favorite…
Friday, September 18, 2020

Archaeologist For a Day

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Hi everyone, I hope everyone has been safe and is doing well. The days have been going by so fast and I can’t believe my internship is almost over. I have been loving working here at Wupatki and getting to see what everyone does. One of the interesting things about working here is understanding how the Flagstaff National Monuments have preserved ruins over time. I had the opportunity to work with the archeological team a…
Saturday, September 12, 2020

May the Force be with you

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Hello there! It is week twelve of my internship and sadly this will be my last entry. Let me tell you, this summer I have felt like the star of a coming of age movie. Not your ordinary movie though, since if there was one it would be me in my home the whole time… Anyways, enough of my bad jokes! I want to share some thoughts on my last assignment. My translation of the…
Wednesday, September 09, 2020

Getting to Know the Community

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Towards the middle of my internship I had the opportunity to volunteer in the local Latinx community I am outreaching out to, known as "El Punto" or the "The Point." I volunteered with the North Shore Community Development Coalition, which is non-profit based directly in the neighborhood. North Shore CDC invests in neighborhoods, including El Punto, to help create thriving communities. Per their website, they use their community-focused development model to invest resources into low-income…
Wednesday, September 09, 2020

El Punto Urban Art: An Invitation to Explore

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Around the corner from Salem Maritime National Historic Site, there is a lively neighborhood filled with art, music, and history. Describing itself as an "Open Air Museum" by the Punto Urban Art Museum and located in “El Punto” Neighborhood in Salem, Massachusetts, the museum features 75 large-scale murals created by 30 world renowned and 25 local artists. To give some extra background, El Punto is a neighborhood that has a large Latinx community, which is…
Wednesday, September 09, 2020

The times we live in

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Greetings! In a previous post, I mentioned there was a shift in momentum regarding task work and others, right? Well, it certainly did, and if time was a car ride, it is flooring the gas pedal. It feels that way because online classes have started, while I still have a week of work remaining. While I do research for Hopewell Furnace historical site, I keep up with classes on different platforms. Apparently depending on the…
Tuesday, September 08, 2020

A Journey to Lake Haiyaha & Accomplishments

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I just finished week two of my internship and I am loving every second of it! Not only do I work with some amazing people, but I am also living in an absolutely beautiful national park! My first week here included visiting various spots around the park to get familiar with the ecosystems here at Rocky Mountain National Park. There are so many unique spots to see here with the sudden elevation gains. During the…
Friday, September 04, 2020

Meet Ranger Allie!

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Its going to be about two months now since I have arrived at Fire Island and I have been loving every minute of it. My days are filled with learning about the park, roving the trails and the beach, helping visitors at the visitor center, and working on translations and videos at Headquarters. Over the past months I have been able to meet various staff members from different divisions and learn about their career and…
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