Picture this: you have just finished snorkeling over a vibrant coral reef, abounding with palakse' (parrotfish) and hiyok (blue-banded surgeonfish), and you are now ready to head back up to the land. When you get out of the water, you find a strange track in...

Working at Congaree National Park for a second time reminded me how important a good first impression is when working to build a meaningful connection with people. This summer, I’ve interacted with countless people, some new and some old. As I’ve worked to reestablish the...

In this second blog, I will explain more about bird banding, the main activity of my internship. Banding is a method for studying wild birds that provides valuable data for managing and conserving populations. With this data, it is possible to estimate resident and migratory bird...

I had the opportunity to work at the Big Thicket National Preserve booth for Beaumont Pride Celebration. There I met locals from the city of Beaumont and the surrounding cities and counties. We even had a good turn out for youth coming up to our...

Congaree National Park is a floodplain forest home to a unique and diverse array of waterways and water features, from rivers and creeks to small ponds and lakes. These large, connected water systems support over 60 species of fish, many common targets for anglers within...

Welcome to Fort Matanzas! This Fort has so many different activities to offer some examples can be, spotting over 200 different bird species as well as great fishing spots along the beaches! So be sure to include your binoculars and fishing gear, when you come...

Big Thicket National Preserve was the first national biological preserve in the history of the National Park Service, established in October of 1974 by President Gerald R. Ford. Big Thicket is a unique park because, unlike many other national parks, it is defined by its...

Wildfire sunset in Wyoming, 2017. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lidbeck via Creative Commons. Last summer was the first that I spent living in the Western United States, but it was not the first time I experienced the effects of severe wildfires. In the summer of 2020,...