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Hey folks, Sorry to keep you waiting for an entire week for an update. Things are settling down over at Canaveral in terms of the work I'll be doing not the amount. Lots of turtles means a good amount of work, i just will be triangulating nests and excavating key nests three days a week and the other two days will be data entry and other projects, so i'll probably be moving to steady weekly updates instead of daily updates, unless something uber exciting…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on August 8, 2014 at 7:15pm — No Comments
Canaveral has 24 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach. One third of the beach is practically untouched by people and is designated as a wilderness area. The refuse buildup on this section of beach, known as Klondike Beach, is terrible. This is probably because no one regularly enters this beach, except turtlers, and therefore no one regularly cleans it. We decided to spend today doing some beach cleanup. …Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 31, 2014 at 6:05pm — No Comments
Nesting sea turtles are, for lack of a better term, night owls. A majority of nesting happens under the safety of night, for the safety of the eggs not the turtles, as not many land predators are capable of taking down an adult sea turtle. As sea turtlers it is our responsibility to locate, mark, and reinforce the nests against predation. We have to balance four major factors when conducting this conservation work.…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 29, 2014 at 8:30pm — No Comments
My new boss, Kristen, started today. She actually got her start in conservation work through the SCA working at Cape Lookout National Seashore for two summers as a Sea Turtle Intern. She then became a seasonal Biotech at Canaveral for sea turtles for a few summers, and her previous job was as a Refuge Manager of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS). She has returned to Canaveral National Seashore as the new Resource Manager, replacing long time, now retired, Resource Manager…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 28, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Today, when compared with the excitement of yesterday, was exceedingly uneventful. Caroline and I require government ID's to be able to use Canaveral's computers for the more glamorous side of our internship, data entry. Data entry is literally more glamorous than the field aspect of the turtle work, since we don't get filthy and disgusting after a day of sitting in our office, which is also the parks library.
In order to gain access to the seashores computers we must have a…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 23, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
It's quite comedic that last week I was complaining about getting up at 7:00 in order to arrive at the office at 8:00. This morning I had to bump everything up two hours because turtle training started at 6:00 in the morning. Upon our arrival at Headquarters, Rob, our sea turtler extraordinaire and instructor for the day, sat down with us to discuss safety protocol and things that we may encounter on the beach. As can be expected Rob stressed the importance of staying hydrated in the heat,…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 22, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Today was another great day at Canaveral National Seashore. I finally woke up early enough to bike to work. It's a great feeling knowing that I can be more environmentally friendly in my daily endeavors, and more active! The ride is only two miles, and it went by quite fast, especially on my bike (Cannondale Trail Sl 4), which performs well on the road but is far more impressive on trails, and I prefer single track. Caroline and I arrived at Headquarters (the office) a little before eight,…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 21, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Loyal Blog Followers,
I am excited to say that today was a super exciting day. Not much really happened. Caroline and I spent four hours in the sun along with Amanda and Carey taking the National ATV certification course. It's not a difficult course especially if you have an awesome instructor like Sean!. The worst part of the certification was the hot Florida sun beating down on us as we were driving around in circles, and occasionally figure eights, for four hours, but the good news…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 18, 2014 at 6:00pm — No Comments
It's amazing to see how much work goes on behind the scenes in a National Park. The work extends beyond the employees of the NPS to community volunteers. It's mind boggling that parks are able to accomplish so much with their volunteers, and at the same time scary to think about all the programs and work that wouldn't get off the ground or be accomplished if dedicated volunteers didn't help out.
There's a bit of a theme catching on to my mornings, Caroline and I…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 16, 2014 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Good Evening Folks,
Today was awesome! I'm not a morning person so I wasn't exactly enthused when the acting Resource Manager at Canaveral told my teammate and I to arrive today at 8:00 instead of 9:00. However, it was a new day and I am sort of used to having to be up early as my camp job (worked two weeks at a day camp before starting the internship) required me to be up that early.
Upon arriving at work we worked the front desk until Edwin arrived. When Edwin walked in he…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 15, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
I am super stoked to be able to chronicle my internship experience at Canaveral National Seashore (CANA). As you follow my experiences through this blog, my hope is that you will come to understand who I am and why I chose to participate in this internship experience and feel as if you are right there with me throughout my endeavors.
July 14 was my first day at the seashore. I arrived at the main office of CANA at 9:00 am with my roommate and research teammate…Continue
Added by Jeffrey Sommer on July 14, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Finishing up my season at Kenai Fjords National Park:
Added by Max Odland on September 25, 2013 at 10:13pm — No Comments
Sorry for the long silence! More happenings at Kenai Fjords National Park in AK from the last 1.5 months:
Added by Max Odland on September 13, 2013 at 7:17pm — No Comments
After visiting SCA's Charlestown, NH office, Flat Stanley stopped by Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park for the start of their summer intern training week. Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller is located in Woodstock, Vermont and tells the story of conservation stewardship in…Continue
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had my sights set on Alaska. Growing up in the sunny, steamy, swampy subtropics of Florida, I could hardly imagine anything so different as this dramatically sublime land in the Great North. I never imagined I would actually make it out here – much less for my first post-graduation job.Continue
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Added by Joe Thurston on August 24, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments
I know you know that SCA's Follow Me blogs are THE place for first-hand tales from the front lines of America's conservation movement. I also know you know that this month's Follow Me bloggers have been regaling the web with true tales of far-flung, planet-saving heroics. Armed with this knowledge, I'm willing to bet that you will leap on the chance to chat LIVE with four of August's brightest bloggers THIS…Continue
Added by Joe Thurston on August 21, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Yes I can count. No there isn’t an entry for week 11. During week 11 I wrote blog posts, so you should basically get the idea. I also spent a lot of time at Hatchie (both Lower and otherwise) because Tara was gone all week. She correctly decided that her sick two-year-old son needed more supervision than the summer intern even though there might be occasional questions about the sanity of the latter.
First I did some more forest surveys. Then we spent two days spreading straw on a…Continue
Added by Madilyn Peay on August 6, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments
I mentioned that we couldn’t go out on the water? Well it turns out there are only so many non-lake related things that you can do at a lake. Luckily Reelfoot is part of a complex, so the interns can be moved around to perform whatever function is needed in the West Tennessee Refuges.
This week I spent most of my time at Lower Hatchie. (It actually fel like I spent most of my time driving to and from Lower Hatchie, but that’s mostly because I couldn’t find a consistent radio station.)…Continue