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¿Cómo están todos? How is everyone doing? I know times continue to grow more complicated and complex and at times overwhelming, so I hope everyone is doing what they can to stay healthy, safe, and educated. On June 9th, Deputy Director David Vela, of the National Park Service, issued a statement addressing the issues of equity, justice, and the fight against systemic racism. In the statement he writes, “The National Park Services commits to lead…
Monday, June 15, 2020

Blessed Beginnings At Lassen

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As I am writing this, I will have finished my very first week being an LHIP intern at Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's dark outside, and I am the only one who's here at the employee lounge but I never have felt so content in my life. The road to Lassen was quite...interesting. With the pandemic, I had a fear that I might not arrive at the park and not work in the outdoors of…
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Weeks One and Two: Introductions!

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Hello! My name is Ashley Crespo and I am currently in the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) in Syracuse, NY. Before starting my MLA, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Architecture and Environmental Science in 2017.
Saturday, June 13, 2020

The San Antonio Missions

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I have lived in San Antonio for most of my life and I have never seen the missions in all their glory the way I recently have been able to, due to my internship.
Friday, June 12, 2020

From Coast to Coast

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 2020 has been a year of change, adjustments, and transitions. My internship was not exempt from these changes.
Friday, June 12, 2020

New World In My Hometown

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I have been an intern at San Antonio Missions National Park for two weeks now.
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Hi all! Hola a todos! Last week I started my new job as a Citizen Science Latinx Engagement Intern for the National Park Service in their Washington D.C. Area Support Office, or WASO for short. Since I am teleworking, I am writing this in my backyard accompanied by my pup, who would also like to share a little more about WASO.
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We are two weeks into the LHIP internship and I have seen more screen time than sun.
Friday, June 05, 2020

TRAILHEAD - COMIENZO DEL SENDERO

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¡Hola a todos! Hello everyone! Week one of my internship with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail is in the books. Sure maybe it wasn’t what I was expecting, but neither is the current state of the world. Maybe we should back it up a little bit, my name is Rebecca Flores. I grew up in the border town of Laredo, Texas; where the sun is always burning at a steady 100 degrees,…
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I would like to apologize in advance, this week’s blog will be brief. It has been a difficult time in our country. It is a time of frustration, pain, and activism. With the most recent events, I can not help but realize that NOW is the perfect time to stay motivated, fight for justice and spread diversity, inclusivity, and peace. I have come to realize and reflect on my journey. How grateful I am for…
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Coming into my internship this summer, during a pandemic, I was unsure of how my internship would go. Would I be able to contribute and learn about the SEAC Center, gain experience in archeological techniques and curation, and assist in archaeological work?
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Hi! Hello! I hope you are all well and staying safe. There is some much going on and being away from home makes me wish things were different. That however does not change the fact that I am excited to be here, and that video chat has never been ever more present in my life. I have officially been here over a couple of days almost a week, but for now I want to talk…
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Hola, ¡bienvenidos! First and foremost, I want to take the time to express my gratitude. I am the daughter of Gerardo Garcia, a humble, adventurous man from Jojutla, Morelos and daughter of Justina Garcia, the compassionate, bold woman from Acapulco, Guerrero. My parents immigrated to California in search of a life with greater opportunities. They have never stopped striving to provide me with the best quality of life. I am beyond grateful for the opportunities…
Friday, October 11, 2019

The Sun Sets on My Internship

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On the last day of my LHIP internship at Dinosaur National Monument, I want to share some of the results of my work on monarch butterflies. First, in my field work this summer and fall, I saw around 300 adult monarchs. These high numbers have suggested that the monarchs in this area might be part of the eastern monarch population that migrates to Mexico rather than the western population that goes to California. The California…
Monday, October 07, 2019

My Guide to Catching Monarch Butterflies

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Throughout my internship experience researching monarch butterflies, I have been trying to encourage people to become monarch butterfly citizen scientists. A citizen scientist is someone who isn’t a professional scientists but can still contribute to important research. In the case of monarch research, citizens can be involved with about everything, including catching and tagging monarchs for migration research. The more citizen scientists there are reporting tagging monarchs, the more we can learn about migration. As…
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During my internship, Dinosaur has caught and tagged 150 monarch butterflies. (Pictured is a mosaic of pictures of most of our tagged monarchs). Out of those 150 catches, some stick in my memory as particularly special. Without further ado, here’s the list of the five best monarch catches of my internship. #5 The 100th monarch The actual catch on this monarch was nothing too special, but there was much fanfare about catching and tagging our…
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