Last November I had the opportunity to go to Little Rock Arkansas to attend the 2023 National Alliance of Interpreters Conference. I was so excited to learn from the nation’s best interpreters. This year’s theme was Building Bridges. As Interpreters, we are always trying...

Hello! Welcome back to my blog. I’ve had quite a first month at GOGA. After the initial orientations, trainings, and other various meetings, I donned my waders and got into fieldwork!  I started with a scour chain survey. The survey begins with a topographic survey, where...

This September I had the opportunity to help the Environmental Resource Center on their backpacking trip with the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind. I didn't grow up camping or hiking, so backpacking is something entirely new to me.  I was excited to work...

The summers in the Sawtooth NRA are always buzzing with campers, and this year was no exception. From June to August the visitor center saw about 3,400 visitors and so many more recreating in the forest. Working at the front desk, I got to meet...

The hillsides in the Sawtooth National Forest are bursting with wildflowers mid-summer. Everything from silvery lupines to scarlet paintbrushes take advantage of the bright, summer sun to bloom. Having grown on the landscape for centuries, the wildflowers of Idaho have adapted to withstand harsh conditions...

Elizabeth Lopez- EFTA Intern During my captivating journey to Boise, Idaho, I had the privilege of being hosted by Ally Turner, a distinguished and inspirational figure at the helm of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. This extraordinary opportunity allowed me to engage in a diverse array...

Elizabeth Lopez= EFTA Intern Bat banding plays a pivotal role in unraveling the mysteries of these enigmatic nocturnal creatures and advancing our understanding of their ecology, behavior, and conservation. By affixing uniquely coded bands or tags to individual bats, researchers gain valuable insights into various aspects...

Elizabeth Lopez- EFTA Intern I had the privilege of attending a comprehensive leadership workshop set in the picturesque backdrop of Leavenworth, Washington. This immersive event encompassed a diverse array of engaging sessions aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of critical issues. These sessions included candid discussions...

After 2, 583 miles, 38 hours of driving, 6 campsites, and one RAP Conference, I've made it to Idaho! I found myself in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area surrounded by landscapes so beautiful I never could have imagined them, even with 38 hours to try....

Elizabeth Lopez U.S Fish and Wildlife/ EFTA What I've learned: Pygmy rabbits are crucial to the sagebrush grasslands ecology. Other creatures use their former burrows, including cottontails, gopher snakes, and short-horned lizards. Pygmy rabbits are prey for predators, including coyotes, hawks, and owls. Insects like bot flies feed...