2013 Pollinator Week

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="3142,3141,3144,3143"] Last Friday (June 23, 2013) the USDA FS Conservation Education Staff and myself were participating in the 2013 Pollinator Week. We set up a Forest Service  information table and engaged several hundred visitors from a wide diversity of nationalities inquiring about pollinators, why they are...

Presenting to 3rd grade students

As the summer approaches kids are getting ready to end their long school year.  I knew that if I wanted to get the experience of how it is to present to different age groups I needed to act fast. Recently, I had a group of...

Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge

Us interns have some cool sites that we were able to work at. Although it would have been awesome to intern in Alaska (go Lesley!), California has been really great as well. Hugo and I are fortunate to be stationed out in Monterey Bay because...

How to do a macro survey

This last week Anjelica and I got started with are new protocol for macroinvertebrates, this proved to be tricky at first and now it is under way. For three years now I have been working on macros for Jill Lucero and Sue Miller who are two of the...

Switching Gears into Summer

[caption id="attachment_3035" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Students gather around in a circle to hear the tide pool rules through a tide pool mock[/caption] Summer is here and with that, tide pool programs at Yaquina Head have culminated. It was a successful Friday with sunny weather and a -1...

Why are internships important?

I would like to share with you and all my fellow interns a compilation of other opportunities in the field of  conservation. Such opportunities for students to gain practical work experience should be an integral part of any college education as it further develops skills...

Exploring Alaska and Invasive Plant Project

[gallery type="square" ids="3006,3008"] Last week I had the opportunity to visit a different part of Alaska. The wildlife crew in the Cordova Ranger District took part in a project in collaboration with the USFS and the American Hiking Society to work on invasive plant control. This...

Reaching our future scientists!

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="2895,2894,2893,2891"] As the summer approaches we are trying to present to as many classes before the schools rap up the year.  Stephanie and I had the opportunity to present to one of our largest school audiences. Last week we presented to approximately 120 AVID...