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Week four with Everglades National Park Environmental Education unit has me redefining where the actual park ends and begins. As long as I can remember, our local zoo in South Florida, Zoo Miami (then Miami Metro Zoo), had been my natural home away from my inner-city home… There, I was immersed in both flora and fauna that I only ever saw legends like Jack Hanna handling, or Marlin Perkins and Sir David Attenborough speaking about…
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Last week was mostly preparation for the Annual Inventory of the collections here at CHAM, this week however we had an opportunity to engage with applied archival and historical work. I worked closely with my supervisor and Cultural Resource Program Manager, Mark Calamia, Rodney Sauter an Interpretive Ranger and with my assistant intern, Juan (in the picture from the last blog entry) on the three different inventories of the overall Annual Inventory of our museum…
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This week was intense and fun! We completed the necessary IMT training in order to have access to the NPS computer system in time to start the Annual Inventory of the museum collections the following week. After our visit from Khallel from WACC, we had plenty of work to do in order to prepare for their return visit to transport archives and a/v reels to their facility in Tucson. I had plenty of research and…
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En mi corto tiempo como pasante, he conocido muchas personas que son amables e inteligentes. Pero, la persona más influyente para mi desde el comienzo ha sido Lupe. Con Lupe me entrevisté para esta pasantía, también, fue la primera persona que conocí el primer día trabajando para el parque. Se puede decir que Lupe es mi colega y mi jefe al mismo tiempo, aunque tenemos casi la mi edad. Yo trabajo con Lupe más que…
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Esta tierra no es suya, ni es mía.

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Esta tierra no es suya, ni es mía. Esta tierra es de todos nosotros, pero al mismo tiempo todos somos visitantes. Es fácil decir que todos los días que estoy trabajando, estoy aprendiendo algo nuevo. Tal vez, es muy difícil escoger solamente una cosa para este diario. Desafortunadamente, así como he aprendido muchas cosas buenas, también aprendí sobre algunas malas. Ahora voy a compartir algo nuevo que yo he aprendido que es muy bueno. Yo …
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Mi proyecto principal, pues estoy involucrada en otros proyectos más pequeños, consiste en detallar la fenología del cactus saguaro y observar sus botones, flores y frutos. Este proyecto utiliza dos personas del parque trabajando lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes y sábado durante los meses de abril a julio, capturando fotos de las coronas de 55 saguaros en el parque oeste. Aquí, la gente de la nación Tohono O’odham, gente indígena desde los años 1400’s, utilizan…
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Migration is Beautiful

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I drive to work every morning down a long straight open road, passing by huge silos of grain, vast expanses of fields, combines and semis full of cows blanketed by an enormous sky. Fort Larned is a remote, middle of nowhere and everywhere sort of place. It is like being in the middle of the ocean but without the seasickness. I love the space. I usually love it. But then, I started getting anxious the…
Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Mi parque - Saguaro National Park

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Bienvenidos a mi parque, Saguaro National Park, está ubicado a 8.4 miles de mi casa, sin embargo mi familia y yo hemos visitado este parque un total de 3 veces en mis 23 años de vida. De hecho, cuando yo le dije a mis padres que iba a hacer una pasantía en Saguaro National Park, mis padres no sabían cuál parque era pues también vivimos cerca de Colossal Cave y Sabino Canyon aunque ninguno de…
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The Ticks Got Me

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"Get ready to come in at 7:30 am next week to go into the field" Thadra, my supervisor, said to me on Friday afternoon. The moment I had been longing for had finally arrived. A smile spread across my face as I realized it was time for some fieldwork. - - - The night before, I prepared my field clothes; A hair wrap and baseball cap, undershirt and long sleeve tee, cotton cargo pants, thick…
Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Little preserve on the Prairie

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Hey everyone, my experience here at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve has been truly unique and wonderful. These past 9 weeks I have learned so much about the wildlife and plant life here at the preserve that it feels like its just a summer course where I get to go and work outside. Seeing so many different and new wildlife species makes me truly grateful to have taken this internship and grateful to LHIP to…
Monday, July 22, 2019

Dr. Ashley Reis

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(Dr. Ashley Reis pictured on the left in blue. Me pictured on the right in a giant hoodie!) Going to college was something I never, ever imagined. While I was in high school, although I was involved in various extracurricular activities, I hated sitting in my English class and listening to my teacher talk about Shakespeare or being in my Algebra class, trying to understand all the different formulas. So, the day I graduated high…
Monday, July 22, 2019

Arboles Grandes

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As part of my internship, I have developed two different programs, A Big Tree Talk and a Giant Tree Walk. Translating these to Spanish was actually more challenging than I thought! There are lots of "nature words" that I don’t typically use, so I had to look up tons of specific words. For example, I didn’t know the words for sapling (plantula) or waterfalls (cascadas). It’s made me rethink how fluent in Spanish that I…
Monday, July 22, 2019

Beating the heat on the Prairie

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Hey everyone, its Cesar here and this week has been pretty hectic for me up here on the Prairie. We are going through a heat wave right now and the temperature has risen up to triple digits up here, combine that with humidity and you got yourself a recipe for exhaustion. While this has hindered us here a bit, we are nevertheless still working and helping to keep the Prairie safe from invasive species while…
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In the process of reading primary and secondary sources concerning the jobs that Mexicans were doing at Bent’s Old Fort, I came to learn about a new aspect of slavery that I never knew. While reading about the fort during its peak years as a fur trading post (1833-1849), it is clearly explained that William Bent, one of the partners of the St. Vrain & Company who ran the fort, had three African slaves (possibly…
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The biggest festivity in the park, Homestead Days, took place in late June. It was like taking a journey to the past and getting familiar with the Homestead Era. From seeing artisans sewing, chefs cooking as they did in the 1860’s, people adorned in clothing worn during the Homestead years (1860’s to 1980’s) to getting in a stagecoach from the Pony Express, it was all an adventure! Even though I was working during that weekend,…
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“I promise to protect Rocky Mountain National Park and all my neighborhood parks!” These are my favorite words out of the Jr. Ranger pledge here at Rocky Mountain National Park. Every time a child fills out his or her Jr. Ranger Book, they come in the Ranger Station to earn their badge. My job as an Interpretive Ranger has been to review the Booklets with children and award them their badge. It has been an…
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