Rainy Days Are Here Again

Hello everyone! This is my second entry, and so far, I love this internship! It has been rainy the past two weeks, and that beautiful Creosote smell is strong in the field. For those who do not know, this bush only resides in the Mojave, Sonoran, and Chihuahuan Deserts of North America. It produces an aroma that smells like rain. Amazing right? 

Anyway, a lot has happened within our last few projects. We have encountered many critters, such as tortoises, diamondback rattlesnakes, and more cutely, a baby short-horned lizard. 

Short-Horned Lizard

One of the most exciting projects we’ve worked on is called Border Impacts. This unique project aims to pick up migrant trash found in the desert. Our crew got to do some hard work walking along Saguaro’s west side at some point. Luckily, we did not find too much. I enjoy this project because we make slow but effective environmental and human health differences. “Included among the specific impacts are watershed degradation, soil erosion, damage to infrastructure, loss of vegetation and wildlife, and escaped campfires.” Make sure when you visit Arizona, remember to lessen your environmental footprint in small ways, such as picking up trash instead of throwing it on the side of the road. 

It is also an excellent opportunity to achieve multiple objectives, such as finding historic trash or pottery. There was plenty of glass and rusted cans, pictured below. This purple-looking glass must have been from the early 1900’s or before. Archeologist Keelee, with Saguaro National Park, informed us some glass in this early century contained manganese dioxide and the solarization of sun rays eventually made it purple tinted. 

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