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Over Labor Day weekend, I helped out and attended events at “Dark Skies over Dinosaur,” a multi-day stargazing/astronomy/night sky festival celebrating Dinosaur’s recent designation as an International Dark Sky Park. To earn recognition as a Dark Sky Park, Dinosaur has had to prove that it meets rigorous measures for sky darkness, remains open and accessible for citizens to enjoy the dark sky, and takes steps to conserve the darkness. In part, keeping the park dark…
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Along with tagging monarch butterflies to study their migration paths, in my internship I am also conducting field surveys for milkweed, monarch butterfly eggs, and monarch caterpillars. I send my data to both the Southwest Monarch Study and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. USFWS is currently using data to decide whether monarchs need to be listed under the Endangered Species Act. My work is important because little is known about monarchs in the Uintah…
Monday, September 02, 2019

Seeing Other Pollinators in the Uinta Basin

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As much as butterflies need flowers and their nectar for food, flowers also need butterflies and other animals for pollination. I’ve caught monarchs off of flowers and seen their bodies covered with a thin dust that’s ready to be deposited on another flower. It’s cool to observe the mutualism between plants and pollinating animals. It’s also cool when I catch a butterfly and it is so shocked to have been caught that its long skinny…
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Now that I have a few weeks of butterfly field work experience under my belt, I am beginning to spread my wings (butterfly pun sincerely intended) to conduct field work in areas outside of my main field site in Dinosaur National Monument. Since little is known about monarch butterflies in the greater Uintah Basin area of Northeastern Utah, I have traveled around the region to survey for monarchs and milkweed. So far, I’ve gone to…
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I recently had the chance to join Dinosaur National Monument staff in welcoming the Preserve America Youth Summit program to the Monument. The participants in the Youth Summit were middle and high school students from the Denver area who traveled to Dinosaur for two days to learn about conservation and preservation in the Monument. They also were there to reflect on issues the Monument has faced and ways the visitor experience could be improved. During…
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On August 10, I helped with the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Hike and Tagging Workshop at Josie’s Cabin in Dinosaur National Monument. This event was intended to teach participants about monarch ecology and conservation, show people how we do monarch research, and gather lots of data. With the help of a group of 5 netters, 2 park interpreters, and many volunteers, we successfully caught and tagged 26 monarchs over the course of about 3 hours. This…
Friday, August 09, 2019

Adios, Alaska

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The time to say goodbye has come. I purposively decided to write this blog at the end of my internship. I must admit, I am sad that this experience is ending. When it first started, I wanted time to pass me by, but now I wish I could stop time, allowing me to continue to enjoy the scenery and friends I made. It has been an amazing opportunity to get to experience of the inner…
Friday, August 09, 2019

The Chilkoot Trail

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What is going on everyone?! There are only two weeks left of my internship. I am extremely sad that it is coming to an end. The people have been amazing. The scenery has been amazing. The work has been amazing. Part of my park experience is to backpack the Chilkoot Trail to get a better understanding of the tremendous journey prospectors undertook for hope at a better life. At first, I was skeptical of doing…
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Within the past seven days, I have had the great opportunity to visit the three parks that make up the High Plains Group. This group, within the Intermountain Region, consists of Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site in La Junta, CO, Capulin Volcano National Monument in Capulin, NM, and Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in Eads, CO. Other than my home site of Bent’s Old Fort, I went for the second time to Capulin…
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Catching My First Monarch Butterfly

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I began working at Dinosaur National Monument last week as the resource monitoring and science communication intern. My objective for this internship is to contribute to monarch butterfly research and to communicate this information with the general public. After spending my first two days getting oriented to Dinosaur, I had the chance to collect some data on my third day. I traveled to the Josie’s Cabin area in Dinosaur with my two NPS supervisors, two…
Thursday, August 01, 2019

Latino Conservation Week

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What’s going on everyone! My time here in the KLGO is coming to end. I have about 3 weeks left, but there are a lot great things coming up. The last couple of weeks have been about organizing Latino Conservation Week events. Sticking to our motto of “go big or go home” the social media team and I developed and implemented a social media campaign. The purpose of the campaign was to increase awareness of…
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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