Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:34

Steven Nañez

My name is Steven Nañez, and I am a fisheries science student currently living in Atlanta, Georgia. I was raised in Miami, FL on the edge of Everglades National Park, where my interest and love for nature started. Growing up, I had access to some of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., and I learned how to respect and admire the water and the creatures that inhabit it. Immigrating from Colombia, South America, my family taught me to appreciate the opportunities offered in this country, which sparked my drive in academics. While pursuing my B.S degree, I was fortunate enough to work with various sport fish, endangered and invasive species of fish, and several shark species. I hope to find myself in a graduate program studying to become a fish biologist in the near future. I am excited about participating in the LHIP internship in Yosemite National Park this year.

 

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 14:01

Trinity Pineda

I was born and raised in San Diego, California before I moved north to Davis for university. I'm studying wildlife, fish, and conservation biology, which has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I grew up with a love of animals and over time, I have realized that I want to be able to help manage declining wildlife populations and also work with communities to help find ways to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. While attending classes, I keep myself pretty busy working two student affairs jobs and doing DNA work with one of the research labs on campus. While I've taken advantage of the opportunities my university has, I am excited to be gaining more field experience this summer as I join the aquatics team in Yosemite National Park.

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My journey across the country was an amazing experience. As soon as I was offered the job to work in Yosemite National Park, “ROAD TRIP” came into my mind. I started saving up specifically to be able to drive across the country to visit some places I had only dreamed about. I was extremely excited to work in Yosemite and was thrilled I had 10 weeks to explore one of the most famous parks in the world, however I had very limited time to visit some other iconic places.

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My first day of orientation/training was a little chaotic, with tons of information, some technical issues, and my lack of attention span looking at the amazing landscape that surrounded me, which happened more than I am willing to admit. I met one of the permanent biologists in the bear crew, Ryan L., who gave a very informative presentation on bear management in Yosemite.

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I have been learning so much these past couple of weeks in Yosemite, gaining valuable experience in the field and knowledge from my coworkers. On my days off, however, I have been astonished by the breathtaking views Yosemite Valley day hikes offer. I started my exploration this summer, exploring my backyard trails that are nearby, which have led me to some amazing places.

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 It has been getting busy in Yosemite Valley these past couple of days. It is only going to get busier the next couple of weeks because of all the bountiful food resources that are starting to emerge. There are some apple trees in Yosemite Valley that were part of an old historical orchard that produce apples every year around the same time as berries start to ripen. This attracts several different kinds of wildlife into the Valley, including one of visitor’s favorite, black bears. This causes the wildlife management crew to become extremely busy with visitor and wildlife interactions.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:50

Sebastian Palacio

I am very motivated to pursue scientific research work to help solve the mysteries that the environment holds. I would also like to interpret this information to the general public, to help them understand why this is important and how it impacts them. Additionally, I would like to gain experience collecting and analyzing data with professionals and educating the public. I have a high interest in going to graduate school within the next couple of years, but would like to work with different organizations first to see where I would fit best in helping the environment in the future. I would like to become a wildlife biologist and then manage a wildlife area. This summer I worked in Yosemite Valley, with the bear crew.  

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:18

Geovanni Salgado

Geovanni was born and raised in Southern California. He went to school at Humboldt State University to study Wildlife Conservation and Applied Ecology, with a minor in GIS. He loves gardening and wants to establish food security for his family. One of Geovanni’s goals is to help establish and environmental consulting firm by underrepresented people for underrepresented communities. This summer he will be working as a Biological Technician Intern in Aquatic Wildlife at Yosemite.

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