Jasminn Del Rio – Fish and Feathers Intern Introduction

Hi, welcome to my first blog of the summer!

 

I’m Jasminn Del Rio: A last year grad excited to get some environmental experience under my belt and to find out what it means to be a Fish and Feathers Intern. Even though I have a name tag, few work shirts, and business cards with the F&F logo on them, this all feels like make believe. I didn’t know of opportunities like this before. Granted, I didn’t automatically connect my degree of Marine Biology with Park Ranger. Though now as I type it, it seems funny to read aloud. So I won’t.  Anyways, thank you for being here and reading this. Whether you’re another F&F intern or it’s your job to read this, thanks for taking the time to be here. 

First off, the site I will be located at is Padre Island National Seashore, specifically at Malaquite Visitor’s Center, in Corpus Christi, Texas. I’ve only been there a few times as a kid and have gone to South Padre Island which is near my home in South Texas. It’s known for turtle nesting, game fishing, extensive birding spots, and being the world’s largest undeveloped Island. 

There are two reasons why I selected this site: one, I wanted to grow my knowledge in local Texas wildlife and two, I didn’t know I could apply to other sites. Since I didn’t know of jobs like this, I don’t know the other possibilities but regardless I’m happy to be Corpus. These past few years, I’ve immersed myself more and more into learning about South Texas wetlands. I love learning about all the processes that are involved in our unique ecosystems. Learning why so many birds stop by and how there’s so much more life here than what I originally thought. 

I’ve also learned something else. From the times I’ve visited these beautiful places, I noticed that the majority of other visitors didn’t look like me. Which is odd considering where I live, the majority is Hispanic. Why isn’t there more of us at these parks? Do they not know they exist? I want to change that. I want to grow as a marine science interpreter and educator. That’s why I’m here at Fish and Feathers. I know I’ll gain the experience to connect to the local community. Share what I know to others in ways that work for them. 

Not only that but I’m also interested in knowing the inner workings of the National Park Service and the other divisions/organizations that are connected at this park. What barriers and challenges do they face as a federal organization? What’s the budget like? Who do they work with?

Answers and questions are what I’ll be documenting throughout my time here. Hope y’all enjoy and have a great day!

1 Comment
  • Ty Whitaker
    Posted at 17:31h, 27 May

    Slay!