Hello! I’m Joseph Batom, GOGA Hydrology intern, welcome back to my blog. Learning and exciting experiences continue at the beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area. I’ve found myself getting excited to talk and learn about streams! I went out on a field day with Alex Iwaki...

Hello! My name is Ruby and I am the new Aquatic Ecology Intern at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California. I grew up in the beautiful Phoenix, Arizona, where I just moved from. I love spending time with my two dogs, going...

New Rare Plants Unlocked! Introducing this month's rare plant superstars: Hickman's potentilla (Potentilla hickmanii) and San Francisco Wallflower (Erysimum franciscanum)! P. hickmanii is found in Rancho Corral de Tierra, which is located in San Mateo County along the coast just north of the town of Montara....

Whats up on Alcatraz? Alcatraz Indian Occupation graffiti on the federal penitentiary sign I am still adjusting to life on the northern coast of California (realizing that my body is NOT adjusted to the humidity compared to the dryness of Colorado; for any and all field days,...

Working With the Seasons BRUSH CUTTING!! Lately, I've been thinking about how my day-to-day tasks as a land manager and steward change with transformations in the land and transitions between seasons. As spring (very quickly) moves into the Bay Area, my team and I are confronted with...

Spring is here! The field days have been filled with new friends and discoveries. Almost every day I am introduced to a new plant, fungi, and/or wildlife. I have been creating a list of all the plants I have come across in the field. It...

Although “just plants”, invasive species have the ability to completely change an ecosystem. As one of the foundational layers of what makes an area habitable, the types of plants present determine what other species can survive. Plants have evolved to coexist with other organisms in...

Hello again! I am pleased to report that I am having such an amazing time working for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA)! The scenery is just magnificent, the people are wonderful and I am learning more and more about aquatic ecology every day....

Hi! I am Joseph Batom, Golden Gate hydrology intern, and I am delighted to share my latest adventures and newfound knowledge with you in the fourth edition of my blog. As is the case with my previous blog posts, I have lots of exciting things...