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I too ask myself this question on occasion, but there is much that I can do, and as a friend of mine recently said, what you make of this opportunity is up to you. Some days are better than others, but that is always the case in life. The first week of August (I cannot believe it is September already. The past six months have gone by way too fast! I am getting old!!!) I,…
Thursday, September 03, 2020

Lizards of Wupatki

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Hi everyone, I hope everyone is doing well. I’ve been having an amazing time working at Wupatki. One of the things I’ve loved whilst being here, is all the different wildlife. I’ve seen many different types of birds and mammals, but my favorite animals I’ve seen have been the reptiles. About twenty species of lizards and snakes live in Wupatki and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monuments, but I’m only going to show the ones that…
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Life has been moving so fast while being a butterfly intern at Saguaro National Park, but it has been so fun and productive. I’m really enjoying my time working in the hot Sonoran Desert. A typical day starts at 6 am, meeting at resources while we gather supplies such as a GPS, a kestrel for taking weather data, walkie talkies, batteries, and any other equipment we need for the specific survey. Then, we hike out…
Monday, August 31, 2020

Fire Don't Panic!

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The past couple of weeks have been a bit overwhelming but educational nonetheless. As I had previously mentioned, there is a fire at my park and what started off as a small 5 acre fire quickly grew to 3,000. I was first evacuated from my little home on Limantour road to Bear Valley. In Bear Valley I lived at the non-profit's PRNSA offices. I finally had wifi and felt safer because living somewhere with no…
Friday, August 28, 2020

Pottery Shards Galore

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Hi everyone, It’s been awhile since I’ve put up a blog, but a lot has happened! I wanted to share an exciting experience I had recently. One of the opportunities that Wupatki offers are guided discovery hikes. These are back country hikes that allow for visitors to see archeological sites and petroglyphs that aren’t open to the immediate public. My mentor, Cathy, took me out to East Mesa to do one of the hikes with…
Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Florissant Formation Enchiladas

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¡Hola a todos! Les quiero presentar a los Yacimientos Fósiles de Florissant en Colorado. Éste lugar tiene muchísima importancia geológica la cual puede ser conectada con la cultura latina. Por ejemplo, puedes comparar comida con las diferentes capas de suelos. Les voy a enseñar cómo hacer enchiladas y asi podrán ver cómo este plato esta relacionado con las diferentes capas de roca en los Yacimientos Fósiles de Florissant. ¡Espero que tengan hambre! Hi everyone! I…
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The End of an Interesting Summer!

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At the beginning of April, I didn't know what to expect with regards to my summer LHIP internship. However, with the conclusion of my internship, I can say that I'm glad that I experienced some semblance of normalcy when it came to my summer. Through weekly zoom meetings, as well as near daily phone calls, I feel I grew as close as I could with my coworkers and especially my supervisor, Maryann Zujewski. Maryann was…
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August 21, 2020 Section I - Pollard Walk Butterfly Surveys We are surveying butterflies at Saguaro National Park East using a couple of different methods. The first is called a Pollard Walk. It involves slowing walking, hiking, or climbing over huge boulders in drainages while collection observations of butterflies. These observations are written down and photos are taken when possible to use as vouchers. Photo vouchers include key characteristics of each species so that they…
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It has been a while...I think one of the reasons I’ve been putting off working on my blog is that most of my day to day work consists of being on the computer, so I guess I inherently am tired of so much screen time...BUT WHO ISN'T?!?! Right! Haha. I am a lover of the night sky. Recently two beautiful astronomical events occurred: Firstly, Comet Neowise was visible over Southern California throughout July as it…
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Career Workshop: Done

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Hello there, these past weeks have been a real shift in momentum. Here is how it happened… As scheduled, National Park Service partners Environment for the Americas and Hispanic Access Foundation, held the LHIP Career and Professional virtual workshop in early August. Normally, the event I am referring takes place in Washington DC and interns from across the country meet and spend a week at the Department of the Interior. Logistics include talks, interns present…
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Following the #2020Challenge trend, I’ve created a fun depiction of the year so far as illustrated by the petrified Redwood stumps of Florissant Fossil Beds. We started the year strong as shown by the towering coastal Redwoods, but challenges arose as pictured by the Guffey Volcanic Center. The ancient Redwoods became buried by a lahar and petrified with only the stumps left of the over 250 foot-tall trees. Yet, we grow from these challenges like…
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My past few weeks at the Park have been filled with many obstacles but nonetheless enjoyable! About two weeks ago the road to my housing collapsed and was very unstable. As a result there was not a safe route to my house so I had to quickly pack up my stuff and find refuge in my home in Southern California. It worked out because with the LHIP workshop coming up I needed stable internet connection…
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Prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) are a common sight throughout the West. You can find them in your yard or tearing up your field. They're almost as common as squirrels or raccoons. However, in their natural habitat, their lives are much more difficult. From fending off predators to habitat loss and disease. This particular species of prairie dogs is the white-tailed prairie dog. Like other prairie dogs species, their range and populations have drastically reduced, due…
Friday, August 14, 2020

Last week as an LHIP Intern!

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This week is my last week as an LHIP intern, but not my last week helping my community.
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Again, I apologize for the lack of blog uploads on here! I've been so busy with hiking and working with my projects (which you can see the results of said projects in diversityinconservation.org) that I have been spending less and less time on the internet. It doesn't help that I only really have one place in headquarters that I have open access to the internet, but hey at least i'm spending more time with myself…
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I am sad. I am sad that I am sitting here writing my last blog post of the summer (also sad that summer is basically over?! Like what?... anyways). I am sad that this beautiful chapter of my life is coming to an end. I want to keep re-reading the last page of the book to make it last longer. I want to hold on to the last written word. I want to leave the…
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