Mt. Rainier National Park

As I hiked through the Wonderland trail of Mt. Rainer, I reminisced about Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Last fall was the first time in my adult life that I had experienced being on a mountain. Mt. Rainier reminded me very much of my two month stay...

Rough Times in the Field

Field work can be fun but sometimes it can get rough! I was up in Washington this week helping set up a macroinvertebrate study at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.  The first thing we did to prepare for work was to suit up with waders! Unfortunately...

Chicas at the Refuge

The heat couldn’t reach us as we sat under the shady cottonwood trees.  Next to the vernal ponds, we were hosting our third activity for the Chicas field trip. Here, the chicas learned about the mammals of Oregon as well as careers in the environmental...

Old Man Bobcat

There are 5 flocks at the Friends of the Refuge’s Nature Camp. These are the bees, owls, bobcats, coyotes, and the turtles. I was the leader for the bobcats this week. Every morning and at every activity we do roll call and each flocks makes...

Hanging Out with the Chicas

I constantly recognize and appreciate all of the hard work my parents put into giving my brothers and me the life and opportunities they didn’t have when they were growing up. Although I don’t have any kids of my own, I can relate to this...

Department of the Interior

One of the best parts of this internship is learning about the different government agencies my EFTA peers are partnered with. This week the Oregon interns united at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The interns from Newport, Sherwood, and Astoria set camp up along...

It’s Not Too Hot To Make a Difference

The heat of the sun feels like it’s roasting your skin.  According to the residents, its been a bizarre year for the Portland area with dryer winters and so far a scorching hot summer. A fellow co-worker, Dhara, who has grown up in Portland explains...