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Hello good people! I am happy to report that I’ve officially begun my internship!...but not as planned. Ç’est la vie ( French for “That’s life” o cómo decimos en Español, “Así es la vida”). Although I’m a little bummed to not be able to experience INDU’s beauty and work alongside park staff irl (in real life), I’m ready to get down to work. Plus, it’s not like I won’t be able to visit INDU sometime…
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January 2020: The start of a new year, so many possibilities, so many new experiences awaiting, and so many life changing decisions to be made. One of those being the contemplation over a summer internship. Was I going to follow the traditional route and intern at an architectural firm or was I going to stray away from the path and apply to work for the National Park Service? February 2020: I received an email from…
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Like the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, the salmon run is one of the most well-known and bizarre life history stories in all of nature. A young coho salmon lives her first year quietly in a shallow, shaded forest stream, feeding on tiny aquatic insects.
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Learning how to "work and play"

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As might be aware, I am not at my site this summer. Following my work plan, I was instructed to visit a park with the goal to see its attractions through the eyes of a visitor and as a professional. It was clear to me what I was looking for, from educational signs, to interviews with interpretation and education staff; all while having the experiences the park had to offer. I coordinated the visit to…
Friday, July 17, 2020

New Beginnings in New Places

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Hello everyone, Let me start by introducing myself. I'm Raeann; I love books, hiking, animals, and all things related to rocks (geologists can't help themselves). As I’m writing this, I have completed my first week at Wupatki National Monument. It was a 16-hour drive that I took over two days. On the way here I was pretty nervous because I was initially supposed to go to Florissant Fossil Beds and then everything changed. I wasn’t…
Thursday, July 16, 2020

History is made on the Outer Banks

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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site might be small in size but it is so rich in history. The park features 3 different historical events. The Lost Colony, The Freedmen's Colony, and Reginald Fessenden, “Father of Voice Radio.” People are more familiar with the story of the Lost Colony. It was the first attempt by the English to establish the first permanent English settlement in North America. The focus of my internship, however, is to shine…
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Exploring the Missions!

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We are preparing for Latino Conservation Week! Tanya, another LHIP intern, met up to record some shots of the missions, while being socially distanced of course. Our three-part mini video series is about the history and natural resources of the missions. We are focusing on Mission Espada, Mission San Jose, and Mission San Juan.
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Eager Anticipation!

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Hello everyone! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself; my name is Ana Murrieta. I am a student, artist, dog-lover, and Harry Potter fanatic! This fall I will be transferring from Pima Community College to the University of Arizona to pursue my dream degree of Natural Resources with an emphasis in Conservation Biology, and I am so grateful for this internship opportunity to start getting experience in my field! Starting in August…
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For this week’s blog I decided I would interview my National Park Service supervisor, Teresa Moyer.
Monday, July 13, 2020

A Lesson on Patience and Flexibility

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Forced to pause As time kept passing by. 24 hours in a day, But lacking the mobility of yesterday. Uncertainty the new normality, The future? An ambiguous concept. In this new pace, A chance to reflect. More time than ever; Fight your battles And find yourself. Hello!! What a ride the past few months have been; we are living in an unprecedented time. With that being said, I hope that you are safe and well!…
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As of now, it has been over a month since my first day at the park. And WOW, there are a lot of things that are on my mind. First things first, I have been absolutely enjoying every single moment here in Lassen. It's great to go out in the field and explore the park, going through the various trails and seeing every sight that the park has to offer. I never was excited to…
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I am 8 weeks into my internship and wow! Time has flown! In the last week I have been partnering with my amazing mentors Gaby and Brittany to plan our events for Latino Conservation Week. We are putting together two panel discussions for Latino Conservation Week. One of the panels is a youth round table that will discuss the experiences of the young Latin(X) individuals in Conservation. The second panel will be a conversation on…
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During my research on my project for Latino Conservation Week, I came across an article that really resonated with me. This article detailed the struggles of minority interns in the Park Service. A quote that I thought about long after reading the article was "the geographic dislocation that discourages many young people of color from the Park Service was very real to her (Nancy Fernandez, Park Intern). She struggled financially and worried about her future"…
Sunday, July 12, 2020

See you soon Fire Island!

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It’s been officially two weeks since I arrived in Long Island, New York and I can probably say it’s been the longest two weeks ever! Due to Covid-19 and for everyone's safety, the governor of New York had to set a travel advisory that stated all outside visitors or returning New Yorkers from states that have a high degree of community-wide spread of Covid-19 must quarantine for two weeks. Throughout my stay here I have…
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As I said my goodbyes to family, friends and my red-lored Amazon parrot, Bonita, I looked forward to the long journey before me. Just as we encounter obstacles on the road, we also do so in our lives. El camino que llevamos puede estar lleno de obstáculos, pero así es la vida. We must enjoy the trip along the way to our destination, regardless of what happens. I am thankful for everyone who has helped…
Friday, July 10, 2020

La Cocina

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This week I was given an exciting project that included my favorite thing in the world... FOOD.
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