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Mi mamma siempre me decía, “leave things cleaner than you found them”, before I left the house for a sleepover at a friends. I carried this mentality throughout my life whenever I entered a new space; when I would stay at a hotel room I would make the bed, after a party I would help clean up, or even as basic as washing my dishes when I was a guest at someone's home. Maybe this…
Monday, June 29, 2020

My first step into a larger world

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Hello there! I have completed my first week officially as an LHIP intern for Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site! Training week! Well it has not been all fun and excitement- I have been doing a lot of reading (A LOT) about NPS and its network. I would have liked doing this at the park, but we all know due to recent events (Covid-19) most interns were limited in this years' experience. Many of us are…
Friday, June 19, 2020

Aventura, Casita!

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This week was HUGE! It was a successful week, but most importantly, it was inspiring and emotional. I have dived right into my Community Engagement Plan. To start off, I will explain a little bit about what the community engagement plan is, what is its purpose and where it is heading. The community engagement plan consists of researching and assembling best practices for engaging the Hispanic community to encourage and raise stewardship awareness. The purpose…
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¿Cómo están todos? How is everyone doing? I know times continue to grow more complicated and complex and at times overwhelming, so I hope everyone is doing what they can to stay healthy, safe, and educated. On June 9th, Deputy Director David Vela, of the National Park Service, issued a statement addressing the issues of equity, justice, and the fight against systemic racism. In the statement he writes, “The National Park Services commits to lead…
Monday, June 15, 2020

Blessed Beginnings At Lassen

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As I am writing this, I will have finished my very first week being an LHIP intern at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's dark outside, and I am the only one who's here at the employee lounge but I never have felt so content in my life. The road to Lassen was quite...interesting. With the pandemic, I had a fear that I might not arrive at the park and not work in the outdoors of…
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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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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Over Labor Day weekend, I helped out and attended events at “Dark Skies over Dinosaur,” a multi-day stargazing/astronomy/night sky festival celebrating Dinosaur’s recent designation as an International Dark Sky Park. To earn recognition as a Dark Sky Park, Dinosaur has had to prove that it meets rigorous measures for sky darkness, remains open and accessible for citizens to enjoy the dark sky, and takes steps to conserve the darkness. In part, keeping the park dark…
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Along with tagging monarch butterflies to study their migration paths, in my internship I am also conducting field surveys for milkweed, monarch butterfly eggs, and monarch caterpillars. I send my data to both the Southwest Monarch Study and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS is currently using data to decide whether monarchs need to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. My work is important because little is known about monarchs in the Uintah…
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