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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…
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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…
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…
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National Mall and Memorial Parks (NAMA) was officially established in 1965, it contains more than 1,000 acres of the oldest protected park lands in the National Park Service. The National Mall is America's front yard, featuring the Washington Monument, WWII and Lincoln Memorials, 156 reservations, circles, fountains and more. The areas within NAMA provides visitors with ample opportunities to commemorate presidential legacies; honor the nation’s veterans and military history; as well as exposure to American…
Tuesday, July 09, 2019

A Fascinating Trip: Ford’s Theater

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I can’t believe my time interning with the National Park Service is half way done. With the Office of Communications getting ready for Latino Conservation Week this July 13th-21st, I thought this would be a great time to get out, relax, and see a national park service site in action before activities are in full swing! There are so many wonderful National Park Service sites to visit in Washington, D.C., but after some consideration, I…
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Hello everyone! This week was a success as I did my first “Grant Tree Walk”! It was about 40 minutes long and I got to share with many visitors how important our role is in protecting Sequoia trees for future generations. I do have to say, at the beginning of my internship I was really nervous to talk to the visitors, but I have been blessed with an amazing staff as they have been very…
Friday, June 28, 2019

What is SEAC??

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The Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) was founded in 1961 by the director of the National Park Service, Conrad. L Wirth. After the unfortunate decision to construct Interstate 16 through the Ocmulgee National Monument, the director put a plan in place to survey, preserve, and cause the least amount of damage possible to the site, ultimately resulting in the creation of SEAC. Since its origin over 50 years ago, SEAC has assisted 60 out of the…
Friday, June 28, 2019

From Maine to Pennsylvania

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With travel between Maine and Pennsylvania, these past few weeks at the Olmsted Center have been a whirlwind of learning and doing. Early in June, we (the Designing the Parks interns) were treated with a visit to Acadia National Park for a week of work, exploration, and bonding. With it being my first time visiting “the first national park east of the Mississippi” (as it’s cheerfully referred to on many an NPS publication), its Lakeview…
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My second week on the job & what can I can say while I am knee deep in water. As a Marine I am no stranger to having a heavy backpack and squishy socks because of training or a mission. On this day we were patrolling my summer LHIP home away from home… the Hole-In-The-Donut searching for the not so elusive and not so rare Southern Cattail (T. domingensis). All field operations ecological or military…
Thursday, June 27, 2019

THE GUTENBERG BIBLE?!?!?!

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What is 563 years old, Latin, & on display at the Library of Congress? You guessed right, it’s the Gutenberg bible! Twas the year 1455, when Johann Gutenberg decided to print one of the very first books on his very first mechanical printing press. On that day, the dispersal of knowledge and circulation of wisdom changed for the good of humanity. During the last couple of weeks, I have had the honor to do research…
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Learning how to handle bats!

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When my supervisor asked me if I would be comfortable handling bats I very quickly and excitedly answered “YES!” I have always enjoyed seeing these mysterious creatures flying around my campsites at dusk. As a birder, I would rush to grab my binoculars hoping to make out their features against the night sky. I would think, “If I could just see them for one second I’m sure I can ID them!” Of course in the…
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Why are bats so important?

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As a biology assistant intern, I will be helping the bat crew collect important data on the distribution and abundance of bats! Bats are incredible little critters, they are a very valuable species that play a big role in keeping the insect population in check. Out of the 150 different species of bats found in North America about 70% are insectivores. Their appetite helps farmers across the world and it is estimated that in the…
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When I was first interviewed about this LHIP position at Everglades National Park, I thought to myself I am going to lose so much weight this summer… Then they told me I was going to work at the Hole in the Donut… I instantly reflected on the Dunkin Donuts commercial when he rolls out of bed and remarks, It Time to Make the Donuts. I was in a state of shock that there was a…
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

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Bienvenidos, My name is Vanessa Colegio and this summer I will be serving as an intern with the National Park Service coordinating volunteer outreach and recruitment. I was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and raised in Laredo, Texas. For those of you who may not be familiar, Laredo is located in South Texas, which is border town with Mexico. I am proud to say that I am a recent first generation graduate from Texas A&M…
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Hi, again! I can’t believe I have already been interning in the Office of Communications & Office of International Affairs for a month now. These past weeks have given me a plethora of new opportunities, outside and inside the workplace, to grow communication skills vital to my future career. My biggest accomplishment so far has been placing my guidance page for Latino Conservation Week on the internal National Park Service website. Something new that I…
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