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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Last Day in The Field

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Yesterday was my last field day at Joshua Tree National Park and it did not disappoint! I spent about seven hours in the park and each hour was different than the one before it. Early in the morning I took off with a JOTR Wildlife Technician, Kristen Lalumiere, to meet with two Archeological Technicians. Already, the day seemed promising. I love getting involved with work from the other branches and I especially love seeing park…
Thursday, August 01, 2019

New Adventures

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What’s going on everyone! I hope everyone reading this is having an amazing day. A recap on my week. The KLGO had Susan Bonfield come visit the park. She is the Director of Environment for the Americas. She came to one of my historical walking tours. At the end, she treated both me and Katlyn (Mosaic intern) to lunch. It was an amazing chicken tender’s basket and a great conversation. After we went on a…
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Sharing Latino Homesteaders Legacies

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There are places that change you and that you will keep a piece of them close to your heart; Homestead is one of those places. My last week here has been unexplainable. I’ve been catching up with different things before leaving and today I presented my project’s results with the staff at the park. My main task was to provide data to build up biographies of Latino descent homesteader families in the Southwestern states. One…
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Legacies

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What’s going on everyone! Excuse me for the hiatus, but things in the KLGO have been hectic in a good way. I’ve been focusing on developing a historical tour that focuses on the “Women of the Klondike.” Remember our motto is “Go Big or Go Home,” therefore, I titled my program “Nasty Women.” This is a political statement, and one that gives a voice to the voices the Victorian era silenced. My walking tour focuses…
Thursday, August 01, 2019

The Revolution Never Ends

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Wow! I can’t believe my internship here at Cowpens and Kings Mountain is already over. The summer always goes by quick and I really wish I could have stayed at my internship just a few weeks longer. I will not forget all I have learned nor the skills developed while interning here. While here I felt I was in my element with regards to my passion of American history and I felt I was able…
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Ten weeks have passed. Time flies and I can’t believe my stay at Point Reyes National Seashore has ended. I had an incredible time and the summer of 2019 is now the best summer I have ever had. Ten weeks have passed. The field surveys alongside the park’s biologists have given a complete new perspective on what lies ahead after I am done completing my wildlife degree this upcoming year. Seeing spotted owls, snowy plovers,…
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A bittersweet goodbye to my new family.

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Sadly the time has come to say goodbye to the amazing people that I have had the privilege to spend time and work with. It has been an amazing experience to get exposed to the internal aspect of the National Park Service, especially having the chance to understand Klondike in all its glory. Our park may seem like just a building that is overshadowed by massive skyscrapers, but our team's passion to be involved with…
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One of the biggest things about the internship has been the exposure to wonderful people. My experience at Point Reyes National Seashore would not have been as incredible if it wasn’t for everyone I had the pleasure to meet and work with. The following individuals deserve all the recognition and gratitude: Ranger Carlo Arreglo (my supervisor): As well-rounded as it gets and then some. He is a textbook birder who loves to share “classic" bird…
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Crayfish Corps at Valley Forge

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Today I was able to work at Valley Forge National Historical Park (Hopewell Furnace sister park) with their Natural Resources staff and Interns. They invited me along to help with a seasonal program they do with the Crayfish Corp. What is the Cray Fish Corp you ask? It is a group of people who help with the removal of The Rusty Crayfish. In 2008, the rusty crayfish invaded Valley Creek in Valley Forge NHP and…
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Live. Laugh. Lava.

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The National Park Services of El Malpais National Monument is a conservation area that’s over 350,000 acres that is primarily covered in lava flows that have contributed to creating a beautiful landscape of untouched lava fields as far as the eye can see. The terrain can be challenging and dangerous to navigate, but must be done in order to reach majority of the beautiful cave sites. The caves out here in El Malpais are really…
Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Hasta La Próxima

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Today is my last day at Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie National Historical Park. This summer has been very enriching and eye opening in a way that I could never have expected. I’ve learned many lessons while being in Charleston. On the actual educational side, I’ve learned a lot about the Civil War, about slavery, and about how South Carolina got to being the great state that it is. I’ve learned about ecosystems and animals,…
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Stewardship is the intersection between three key principles: Understand, Assess, and Apply. These principles are an approach to applying resource management. Imagine being in charge of all resources (cultural, wildlife, vegetation, and physical sciences) in an area of nearly 800 thousand acres that is all of Joshua Tree National Park. That person here at Joshua Tree National Park, Jane Rodgers, is nothing short of amazing. Here’s what she taught me: First, you must understand what…
Monday, July 29, 2019

Plant Blindness

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The past couple of weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of tracking tortoises with one of the park’s volunteers, Tom. Tom is retired from a long career in the forest service and he is an amazing naturalist. Being out in the field with a naturalist is an incomparable experience. The knowledge I get to soak from them! It’s the closest I feel to being back at school. Sure, I’m learning these new skills and how to…
Monday, July 29, 2019

Almost Time to Go!

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The past month has been both very challenging and rewarding. Most of my projects throughout the course of my internship were lined up for mid-July, and so I've been able to do a large variety of things. For Latino Conservation Week, I set up a bilingual nature walk in conjunction with Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission. Led by NPS ranger Matt (see Reconstructions of Diversity blog!) and Allyssa, a great Stewardship Aide over at…
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A picture of Alisha's last day at Homestead National Monument of America As teacher from the Teacher Ranger Teacher Program, the majority of Alisha Chab’s job at Homestead was to develop a Distance Learning Program that focused on the homesteading movement as well as the suffrage movement and how they interacted and intersected in the United States, specifically focusing on women's roles in both of those events. She developed two programs: one as a general…
Sunday, July 28, 2019

The Lighter Side of the Fort

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For large parts of the past two weeks I have been dedicating my time researching my project by reading primary and secondary source books and documents ranging from the early 19th century up until more recent scholarship from 2016. I have also been going back and forth from the administration building to the museums collection building to locate and photograph to the best of my ability artifacts that correspond with my project. The days have…
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