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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Remotely in the forest

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Hi everyone, These past three weeks have been physically and mentally challenging for my research project. I’ve been occupied collecting data throughout Grant Grove – Kings Canyon National Park and I must have to say it has been a wonderful journey. I have visited several areas throughout the park where the average visitor would have never had the chance to see. It involves steep terrain and physically challenging hikes, but at the end of it…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Dog Vomit is Cool?

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Mile-a-minute vine or persicaria perfoliate is an invasive plant native to Asia that has spread on Grape Island, an island of Boston Harbor Islands. The leaves have a distinctive triangular shape and can be confused with wild morning glory, but mile-a-minute has ocrea surrounding the stem. Mile-a-minute is usually introduced by birds who carry the plant’s fruit and disperse them over the island. This vine impacts the island’s vegetation because it grows rapidly and outcompetes…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Reconstructions of Diversity

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Last Wednesday I was able to visit Reconstruction Era National Historical Park with my wonderful coworker, Matt. Located in Beaufort, South Carolina, the park deals with different facets of the integration of the previously enslaved peoples into society during the Reconstruction Era. The park is spread out over a few different sites that we were fortunate enough to see. The spaces were extremely powerful. We visited sites where Martin Luther King Jr. planned the March…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Goin' with the Flow!

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Last Saturday I was fortunate enough to participate in a kayak trip along the Intracoastal Waterway behind Fort Moultrie. I thought it was fantastic that my job for the day was simply to paddle along. That's something I can definitely get used to! It was a really exciting trip to be a part of because I was able to see a variety of wildlife that was different from what I would normally encounter walking around…
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Presentarte

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Hola amigos soy Melisa, pero me apodo Mely. Mi madre es de Ecuador, mi padre es de Nueva Jersey, pero yo soy de Tucson, Arizona. Toda mi vida crecí en el sureste de Tucson, lugar bendecido con abundancia de saguaros, puestas de sol ardientes y noches de cielos estrellados. Durante mi tiempo en la preparatoria, yo decidí estudiar ciencias del medio ambiente. En diciembre del 2018, me gradué de la Universidad de Arizona con los…
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Here’s an overview of a few projects that I have been involved in during the last few weeks: My first program: Mammals, Binoculars and Birding Point Bonita YMCA organized a visit to Point Reyes National Seashore to bring out kindergarten campers for a short hike and for a few activities. This was a perfect opportunity to plan my first program since children can be a fun and challenging audience. I knew I had to be…
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I can’t believe this is my last week as a National Park Service intern! The summer has gone by so quickly and everything feels bittersweet. One thing I know for sure is that I am incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to complete projects for America’s national parks and the Latino community. My summer at the National Park Service has given me some amazing opportunities! I was given the responsibility of creating the…
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Latino Conservation Week is about promoting conservation efforts in communities and showing support for the protection of our environment. To celebrate Latino Conservation Week in this blog, I’m going to step away from monarch butterflies at Dinosaur National Monument and share some of what I learned from a short research trip to learn about conservation in Puerto Rico. In May 2019, I traveled with a group of college classmates from the Princeton Conservation Society to…
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I will be starting my LHIP internship at Dinosaur National Monument in a little less than two weeks. I found out I would be doing this internship back in March so I have had several months to look ahead to this summer. Finally, I am about to begin! As I’ve explained in my previous blogs, the resource monitoring portion of my summer internship will be focused on monarch butterflies. Just this week, several milkweed plants…
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In preparation for the visit from the regional assistant archivist from the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center (WACC) we spent some time organizing some protective archival materials and supplies we had at our off-site warehouse. This week was jam packed with work, and the opportunity to engage with the senior staff at Chamizal and from the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center (WACC). I was able to be involved with the briefing and debriefing meetings this…
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So this past week we were able to get on site and meet some of the staff at CHAM. I continued the inventory of non-accessioned item of the collection and began reading the last SOCS as a means to move forward with its update. I finished the transcriptions of the oral histories of former smelter workers, and the Smeltertown residents which taught me so much of the industrial history of El Paso from the end…
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This is the week that I have been waiting for since I first read about the internship and talked to my expected supervisor about the project that I would be undertaking at the site. In conjunction with my supervisor, who has been great in getting me prepared and answering all my questions these past few weeks, I have begun to embark on my project. As the title states, I will be researching the people whose…
Saturday, July 13, 2019

Museums, Memorials and more Museums

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Hello readers, The past two weeks have continued to be fun and full of learning. To this date, we are still producing the digital drawings of our row house closing in on the end product. It has been very interesting working with the point cloud and also the field measurements to be as accurate as possible when translating all our field notes. But for this Blog post I'm going step away from my work and…
Friday, July 12, 2019

I survived 4th of July!

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For weeks we had been preparing the commemoration for the 243rd anniversary of the Declaration of Independence! This year's annual Independence Day celebration on the National Mall was like no other! It featured music, flyovers, fireworks, and President Donald J. Trump “Salute to America.” In this case, volunteers played a vital role when it comes to manning down the fort. Working for the partnerships division as a volunteer recruiter I have an extremely important task…
Friday, July 12, 2019

Learn Something New Everyday

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Hello everyone my latest update is finally here from Cowpens National Battlefield/Kings Mountain National Battlefield! This week I learned the main roles of park rangers and volunteers. They both work and operate in aiding the park by working or volunteering. I learned that it is important for rangers to always research and learn new information through books and any type of plausible research. It is incredible how all these people, whether rangers or volunteers have…
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Whether you call it pampas, prairies, praderas, or temperate grassland, they were declared the world’s most endangered ecosystem according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in 2008 , a new thing that I just learned here at Homestead National Monument of America. The Monument includes a 100 acres restored prairie to approximate the ecosystem that was here by the time of the Homestead era. Aware of the destruction of the prairies in…
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