Friday, 24 April 2020 00:11

Jhulian Gutierrez

I was born and raised in Miami, Florida, but currently reside in Sunrise, Florida. Ever since I was a young boy, I have been fascinated with zoology and wildlife conservation. Growing up, my aunt, who is also my mentor, would tell me stories of her career in environmental science and work as a park ranger. These stories left me in awe, as my love for wildlife conservation grows stronger every minute. I dream to one day have a career that I love and that will challenge me every day. As a first-generation college student, this has become a passion. I am now at Broward College where I am pursuing an associate’s degree. I then want to transfer to a university to obtain my bachelor in marine zoology and minor in education. This is my second season with LHIP, and I am very grateful and look forward to the opportunity to work at Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. I plan to take all of the experience and to utilize the skills I acquire and apply it to my future career.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 21:15

Kaileigh Mendoza

Kaileigh Mendoza is a senior at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, New York, where she is majoring in biology. She is interested in attending medical school and hopes to become a pediatric neurologist. Kaileigh will support interpretation and outreach efforts this summer.

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Monday, 03 December 2018 20:17

Melissa Nunez

Growing up on Long Island and appreciating the beautiful natural resources that comprise it is a major reason why I am so excited to work at Fire Island National Seashore. I am looking forward to meeting and shadowing different professionals and observing the many roles and occupations that are essential to running a park.

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Sunday, 10 June 2018 16:30

Vamos a la playa, a mi me gusta baila…

I’m Amy Carrillo. I am a junior at Fordham University. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology. I grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and now live in Queens, New York. For as long as I’ve lived near the Long Island Sound, I had never heard of Fire Island until applying for this internship.

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Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:27

A Living Fossil?!

Horseshoe crabs are lining up on the ocean as we speak! Do you know why? June is horseshoe crab mating season. They enjoy coming out at night so they can mate and lay their eggs. Just the other night, I was walking down the bay and got to see about a hundred horseshoe crabs lining up along the shoreline.

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Friday, 29 June 2018 16:20

Fire Island Sites

There are four major sites on Fire Island that I have gotten to visit:

Watch Hill

This is the first site I got to visit on Fire Island. Even though it’s a long ferry ride, it’s worth it. Watch Hill is home to an expansive salt marsh that is bursting with wildlife. You can can see Snowy Egrets, Osprey, deer, Gray Catbirds, and much more. The waves on the beach are huge and the sand dunes surrounding the beach are fairly untouched. At this location I got to observe Ranger Pat lead a tour for a class field trip, and I even got to help out.

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:17

Sun’s Out, Canoes Out!

I have been looking forward to the canoe program all summer. And, now, it is finally here! The canoe tour program includes paddling through Watch Hill’s salt marsh, and learning about the importance of this vital ecosystem. Next, we canoe out to Long Cove. Long Cove use to be a community at Fire Island before the government turned it into federally designated Wilderness.

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Friday, 27 July 2018 16:13

Go Fish!

Each of our fish tanks at the Visitor Center holds a different array of marine life present in the Great South Bay. The fish tanks and the seining program to fill the fish tanks are valuable for teaching the public about the bay ecosystem and the importance of protecting it.

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Friday, 03 August 2018 16:05

Latino Conservation Week

We had a very successful Latino Conservation Week event this week! The name of the event was “Latino Conservation Celebration Day at Fire Island.” I was very nervous the week before the event. For instance, I had nerves about the weather.

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Friday, 20 October 2017 16:03

Remembering Sandy

Hello Everyone! It has been a few weeks since my previous blog post and this one is a bit different. This post is dedicated to the fifth year anniversary since Hurricane Sandy.

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