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Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Living Fossil?!

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Horseshoe crabs are lining up on the ocean as we speak! Do you know why? June is horseshoe crab mating season. They enjoy coming out at night so they can mate and lay their eggs. Just the other night, I was walking down the bay and got to see about a hundred horseshoe crabs lining up along the shoreline.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Boquillas, México

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On Friday I made it across the Rio Grande for the first time. It's just under an hour drive from Panther Junction (staff residencial/visitor area) to the Boquillas border crossing. From there you can take a small rowboat or just wade across the river (it's about 1 meter high at most). You actually don't go through customs and immigration until you are in Boquillas on the Mexico side and then again for the US when…
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Latino Conservation Week

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For Latino Conservation Week, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail LHIP interns collaborated in the planning of the Peralta Hacienda Restoration Service Learning Project, for which our mission was to bring together local residents of Oakland to help clean up and remove invasive species on the Peralta Creek.
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This week has been one of, if not the best, week so far! It brought back so many memories from the past, and while some may have been embarrassing, at the time they taught a lesson. While Monday and Tuesday involved being at the front desk again, I still enjoyed talking to and teaching the visitors of Little River Canyon things to look out for, things to enjoy, and places to visit. Those two days…
Monday, June 25, 2018

About Homestead

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Hola de nuevo! I have been an intern at the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska for about two weeks now. Now that I have been here a while and have gotten the hang of things (though I’m still learning), I thought it would be a good time to talk about the park. Specifically, why it was created, what it represents, and my duties as a Latino Heritage Intern.
Monday, June 25, 2018

First Week at Santa Monica Mountains

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There were many exiting activities that I participated in this week but Wednesday’s was my favorite. We went on a field trip to the LA office, located right across from Placita Olvera, this office felt so welcoming to me. People were speaking Spanglish, eating Mexican food, and cracking jokes. In contrast to the countryside, which is mostly what I consider a very exclusive and unfamiliar space, the LA office felt a lot more like home.
Monday, June 25, 2018

The Workload is Stacking Up

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Hello Everyone So the last time I posted a lot was going on, and since then the workload has only gotten bigger. The first week was full of introductions and just getting to know the park and staff. Now that the honeymoon is over, the work has been stacking up.
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While working here in Big Bend National Park, trying to establish the paleontology sites monitoring program, I haven’t really had a good chance to visit some of the iconic views and places that the park is known for, that is until this week. I finally got a chance to visit a lot of the great places that makes Big Bend special, and I wanted to compile them all together into a comprehensive guide for people…
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This week was very exciting; I not only got to shadow a restoration project happening in the park, but I also led my first program!
Monday, June 25, 2018

Working Solo Bolo

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I was finally given the chance to attend events on my own without my supervisor. To many it would not be a big deal, but to me it was. I was given the chance to do solo outreach programs at very big and fancy establishments. The first event that we attended was about eight blocks from our job building, so we decided to walk the streets of The Tenderloin San Francisco and explore. On arrival…
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I have been learning so much these past couple of weeks in Yosemite, gaining valuable experience in the field and knowledge from my coworkers. On my days off, however, I have been astonished by the breathtaking views Yosemite Valley day hikes offer. I started my exploration this summer, exploring my backyard trails that are nearby, which have led me to some amazing places.
Friday, June 22, 2018

The West Coast is so Diverse!

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Hey guys, Living in the North Cascades has really gotten me out of my comfort zone in terms of being so isolated, but it has also gotten me to go out, explore and learn about all the life that is out there. SO, of course I would take an ID book about plants, and I was amazed by how big the book was and how huge the diversity is here in the west coast. There…
Friday, June 22, 2018

El trail de Anza

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My site has many sites! The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (JUBA) extends from Sonora, Mexico, to the San Francisco Bay. It covers over 1,200 miles throughout the West Coast. Be sure to look out for the JUBA National Park Service trail logo the next time you’re driving or hiking up and down the coast!!
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As the weeks progress, I am gaining more confidence working the front desk and assisting visitors. I now know how to run the cash register, direct visitors toward campgrounds/lodges, and answer simple questions about the park and hikes. Normally people want to know what easy hikes we recommend, and by the end of the day I feel like a robot repeating information over and over again. For the most part I am only able to…
Friday, June 22, 2018

Paloma Pitayera

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It’s been a month to the day that I finally learned the name of the birds that I’ve spent my lifetime of summers with. Before then, I never knew what to call these grayish-brown and round, ruler-long morning risers. But I did know that every year, a few months before summer rains, they would return with their songs. The songs that have been the score to my summers for seasons.
Friday, June 22, 2018

Views from the Office

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Hello all, I’m impressed with the pictures everyone is uploading! I don’t have any especially scenic ones to share yet, but I have some nice posters in my work area Don’t worry, I went to a concert at Red Rocks a few weeks ago so have a look here. Legendary venue.
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