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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…
Friday, July 19, 2019

Pre Yosemite Thoughts

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Unsure. Denial. Possibly the best three words that described how I felt before heading out to Yosemite National Park for my aquatic internship this summer. While I can’t deny that I am excited to start working in Yosemite this summer, there are still so many things that are up in the air before I head over. First and foremost, my spring quarter classes don't end until mid-June, yet I move to Yosemite for the internship…
Friday, July 19, 2019

Hello, I am Trinity

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Hello! I’m Trinity Pineda and I am currently finishing up my 3rd year at UC Davis as a Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology major. I’m originally from Chula Vista, California where I grew up, went to high school, and began to develop my interests. The San Diego Zoo was one of the most important places as I explored my newly budding passions. Every time I went, I spent as long as I could learning about…
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Latino Conservation Week (LCW) has finally come! Since the beginning of my internship, I have been looking forward to this week and our LWC event at Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site. I partnered up with a fellow intern here to create an event to support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources. I am sure the other interns would agree that planning and hosting an event…
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Something Special!

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This internship has brought so many opportunities, and has given me experiences that can last a lifetime! Recently, our park just celebrated the 122 year anniversary of the arrival of the infamous S.S. Portland that contained 1 ton of GOLD! This event sparked the Klondike Gold Rush and forever changed Seattle to the city we now know today. In just a couple of years, the cities population boomed and businesses expanded, leading to stores we…
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Home Is Where the Tea Is

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Every year for as long as I can remember I’ve watched the same Independence Day fireworks display at the same park, with the same loved ones. This was my first 4th of July away from home. Fortunately, my coworkers made some holiday plans and invited me along for the ride. We watched fireworks from the platform at Liberty Square, right next to the South Carolina Aquarium, where we would normally board the ferry to head…
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…
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