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Monday, June 17, 2019

Here's the Tea

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My first couple of weeks at the Department of Interior as the Archaeology Junior Ranger Booklet Designer have been nothing short of a learning experience. My job for the past couple of weeks has consisted of digging deep within the labyrinth of the DOI Library archives and doing some intense googling to look for archaeological evidence of Latinx heritage within the National Park Service. One interesting site with Latino archaeology is Big Bend Ntl Park.…
Sunday, June 16, 2019

On the water

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This week consisted of going through several topics in training. Although I did sit an listen to a lot of important things, I also managed to eat about half of the bag of chocolates. One of the cool things that we did was visiting several sites such as Dismal Nitch, Salt Works in Seaside, Oregon, and the Yawn property. I would say that I enjoyed the Yawn property the most. I really liked the location…
Saturday, June 15, 2019

El Amenazado Chorlo Nevado

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Chorlo nevado (Charadrius nivosus) or western snowy plover in English is a small shorebird that is distributed in the Western coast of North America. Unfortunately, the snowy plovers have been on the threatened list since 1993 due to poor reproductive success that is caused by a great number of disturbances. Threats include high human activity (potentially have caused an increase in predators) in breeding sites and alterations in these sites due to effects of the…
Friday, June 14, 2019

Learning About Giant Sequoia Trees

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Hello Everyone! It has been quiet an adventure ever since I arrived to Kings Canyon National Park. From rainy, cold nights to sunny, warm days. My first week consisted of exploring Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. I was very excited to see for the very first time the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman tree! And I want you all to see it is as well so I have shared a picture…
Friday, June 14, 2019

Doing My Best Dorotea Impersonation

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Hi! I am Sienna Córdoba, the Historical Interpretation Intern at Fort Larned Historic Site in Kansas. I have my master’s degree in Latin American and Environmental History from UC - Santa Barbara. I am so thrilled to be in Kansas this summer - it is absolutely fascinating and beautiful, such a hidden gem. Many people do not realize that the Hispanic exploration and settlement of the center of North America was early and extensive, beginning…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Something New You Have Learned

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How’s it going? This week I explored Giant Forest with the SIEN forest crew to monitor Sequoia health. We collected data on whether the trees were dead or alive, and the status of the tree’s foliage, which indicates stress levels. If a sequoia tree has “dieback”, or a certain amount of needle loss, this means that the tree can be under attack from beetles, have a lack of water or sunlight, or some other stressor…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Settling into the Llama House

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This summer I will have the privilege to call Rocky Mountain National Park my home. Rocky Mountain National Park or Romo for short, is made up of 415 square miles of protected federal public land that supports a wide variety of plants and wildlife. Surrounding the east side of the park, is the town of Estes Park. I am excited to begin this season and learn new things. The scenery in this part of Colorado…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Opportunities for Growth!

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Being at the park I have been given several opportunities to explore different positions offered at the National Park Service (NPS). So far I have received hands-on experience in assisting several division within natural resources such as, Hazard Tree Survey Crew, Inventory and Monitoring crew, tree demographics crew, and educational outreach. I have learned so far the different complexities and levels of assessments that vary from several positions previously mentioned. For instance, analyzing the impacting…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

A glimpse in my project

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Serving as a multimedia outreach intern at the San Antonio Missions means that most of what I’m going to be doing will be focused on media. I will be working under the visual information specialist of the San Antonio Missions. I have one main project, which is producing three videos for the park. Two of the videos are aimed towards 4th graders, and the other video will be directed towards a more general audience. I…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Historical San Antonio Missions

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The San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is different than most National Parks. It is comprised of four 18th century colonial missions that are located along the San Antonio River. A mission can be described as settlements that the Spanish set up for the indigenous people to learn how to be Spanish and become Spanish citizens. The four missions are Mission San Jose, Mission Concepcion, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. These missions are located…
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Hello Texas! (An Introduction)

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Hello! This blog is going to be dedicated to my summer experience as an LHIP intern working at the San Antonio Missions Historic National Park. Being originally from Idaho, I had never been to Texas before, which made working in San Antonio a new and exciting opportunity. I drove around 27 hours to Texas and on my way got to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. San Antonio is a lot…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Week of Many Firsts.

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Hello everyone! I just completed my second week in the KLGO. It was a week of many firsts. We completed our first week of training and we learned all about audience center techniques to allow visitors to connect with history on a personal level. We visited the trailhead for the infamous Chilkoot trail. This was a trail that was used by the goldseekers to reach the Gold fields in Dawson City (i.e., Canada). The trail…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Something new I have learned!

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While being here at Klondike I have learned the essential role everyone plays within the department from the volunteers to the park rangers. Everyone contributes to the system, which allows everything run smoothly. Working at the visitor center, the volunteers have a plethora of information to offer to our guest that come in wanting to learn more about Seattle's role in the Klondike Gold Rush. I find it amazing that the people around me have…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Homestead: An invitation to the world

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Escaping the conflicts in their former country, Prussia, two brothers came to Nebraska knowing of an Act that would give them the opportunity to claim free land. This is the story of the ancestors of Roselyn, a volunteer at Homestead National Monument of America (HOME) who shared her story with me on my first day at HOME. After getting familiarized with the park and Roselyn’s story, I realized that the Homestead Act was an invitation,…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Remember the Revolution

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Hello Everyone, My name is Tony Rodriguez and I am and undergraduate double majoring in secondary education for history and applied in public history at Appalachian State University. I was originally born, raised, and lived in Sandusky, Ohio for nineteen years then moved to North Carolina in May 2014 and have been a citizen of North Carolina ever since to this day. I am working for the National Park Service at Cowpens National Battlefield in…
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Hello again! My first day was an adventure to say the least. After checking into my housing, a lightning and thunderstorm hit as I was unpacking my car! As soon as I was safe inside I realized that my roommate went away for the weekend. Totally fine, except there was a sudden *CRACK* *BOOM* and the lights went out. Suddenly I was 200 miles from home in a dark cabin in the woods and completely…
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