110+ exotic plant species in Southeast Alaska
Posted by Staff | Monday, August 31, 2015
by Kevin Hauser
Sometimes, when you least expect it, doors that you never knew existed can open right in front of you.
It was one of our first hikes of the season. I had just made it to Skagway, Alaska for my internship with SCA, and some friends and I wanted to...
Education, Endangered Species, Science, Sustainability
Perhaps this Yellowstone Visitor Should Have Just Gone to the Zoo
If this Yellowstone National Park comment card were a Yelp review, the headline might read, “One star. Poorly trained bears.”
Apparently a park visitor recently left the following feedback at the lodge where they stayed while visiting the park, as evidenced by the photo below:
“Our visit was wonderful, but we never...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, History, Parks
Ayomide Sekiteri on how she found her park
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
“If it was based solely on statistics, I shouldn’t be standing here. I shouldn’t be here talking to you about our National Parks because I am not your typical national park visitor. The typical visitor is over the age of 50 and white. As you can see…that’s not me.I am 22, African-American, the daughter of two Nigerian-born and raised parents - Making me 1st generation American. No, I am not the typical National Park visitor.”
Adventures, Diversity, Parks, People
Wishing NPS a Happy 99th Birthday on the National Mall
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 26, 2015
by Kyle Yarusso
What do you do for a good friend for their birthday? Throw them a party, of course!
SCA has been a close friend and partner of the National Park Service (NPS) for almost 60 years. And so, like a good friend, SCA, along with American...
Parks, People, Volunteer Opportunities
Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Courtney Butler
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, August 25, 2015
This July, eight anxious, nervous, and excited high school students arrived here at Cape Cod National Seashore. They, along with their two crew leaders, were selected to be part of an SCA National Crew – and they were lucky enough to spend their time and energy here at the beautiful...
Coasts & Water, People, Science, Sustainability, Trails and Hiking
Elusive Avocets Teach What it Takes to Become a Wildlife Biologist
“I hop out of the truck, net in hand and wader boots pounding the ground. The chicks scatter in different directions to thwart me, but my attention is entirely focused on the farthest of the three. It runs freely above the sulfurous mud, and I follow with a galumphing stride. I start to close the gap and reach out my net, closer, closer… SCHLUMP!”
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Career Success, Endangered Species, People, Wetlands
Coming Together to Save a Beloved Butterfly
1. A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) 1
2. A group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. 1
3. A group of nations1
4. A group of actually or potentially interacting species living...
Animals & Wildlife, Climate, Diversity, Endangered Species, People, Volunteer Opportunities
SCA Intern Jessica Zamudio's job at Yosemite was to Photograph the Stunning Landscape
“While the towering granite mountains and amazing waterfalls and rivers were like nothing I’ve ever seen, I personally got an unexpected and wonderful amount of gratification and fulfillment from working with the youth programs in the park.”
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Diversity, Education, Parks, People
The Santa Fe Trail: Untamed But Not Untrammeled
“It is our job as modern conservationists to see the wildness we so value in all places and peoples.”
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Backcountry & Wilderness, Education, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
An internship is like a cheese curd for SCA's Ariel Lepito
“Starting off my summer with the FWS was, hear me out on this, sort of like biting into a cheese curd for the first time. I’ve had jobs (and cheese) before, and on paper I knew I would enjoy it.”
Education, Kids, Wetlands
“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”
Posted by Staff | Wednesday, August 5, 2015
by Joshua Kezar, Centennial Volunteer Ambasssador, Big Cypress National Preserve
I ate breakfast this morning on my screened porch overlooking a small pond behind my building. As I blindly and repeatedly stuck my right hand down toward the bottom of the bag of powdered donuts in my lap, gazing out at...
A Buck Island National Monument Photo Update from Justin Kemp
Justin Kemp helps the National Park Service collect field data on endangered sea turtles as an SCA Sea Turtle Intern at Buck Island National Monument. When he’s not sleeping the very odd hours required by night patrol duty (most sea turtle nesting activity takes place under cover of darkness) he spends his free time exploring (and snapping photos of) his temporary island home and its tropical environs.
Check out these photos from his latest adventures.
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Endangered Species, Parks, People
Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Allison Joyce
It all started on Monday when our Superintendent Sue approached me and asked for help with the Rosie Rally. What on God’s Green Earth is a Rosie Rally? Well, hang on to your hats. I’m in my sixth week as an SCA Centennial Volunteer Ambassador at the Rosie the Riveter...
History, Parks, People
Helicopter, Airboats & Wildlife Make for an Exciting Day of Water Quality Monitoring
I have a confession to make: I’m an adrenaline junkie. The feeling of epinephrine released into my blood—That increased heart rate and heightened sense of awareness as part of an innate response to perceived danger—is euphoric. I’m also a science junkie, and I chose an SCA biology internship because...
Adventures, Career Success, Coasts & Water, Diversity, People, Science, Wetlands
Alaska Field Dispatch by Montana Napier
“The preparedness level of Alaska was 5 out of 5, meaning that “resistance to control is high to extreme and resistance to extinguishment is high.” At the junction between McCarthy and Kennecott, a Smokey the Bear sign sits outside the area’s volunteer fire department headquarters, informing the public of general fire risk. I have watched the sign bounce back and forth between “High” and “Extreme” all season.”
Adventures, Backcountry & Wilderness, Climate, Forests, Parks, People, Wildfires
Cristina Ramirez, Centennial Volunteer Ambassador
Posted by Staff | Monday, August 3, 2015
“What battle was fought here?” It’s a question that a lot of the rangers get here at Valley Forge National Historical Park. I’ve never been asked, since as a Centennial Volunteer Ambassador I play a more behind-the-scenes role working with the volunteer coordinator and our Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs). But I was...
Posted by Staff | Monday, August 3, 2015
Hitch 7 is tough. Us corps members are tired out from a long few months of trail work. The heat and humidity at the end of July is oppressive. Bugs are stinging, ticks are embedding, poison ivy is thriving. We can’t help but think about the future; it’s tough to...
SCA Intern Ariel Lupito grapples with Wisconsin Wildlife
“I soon noticed a pattern in the naming process: trait + body part + animal = common name. For example, there’s the red-winged blackbird, the redheaded woodpecker, the large-mouth bass, the yellow-faced bee, the white-tailed deer… They really tell it like it is!”
Animals & Wildlife, Education, Endangered Species, Sustainability, Wetlands
Elizabeth Braatz wants to help you save the Monarch
Today, Elizabeth Braatz checks in from St. Croix Wetland Management District in Wisconsin. She’s part of the Career Discovery Internship Program, a collaboration between SCA and USFWS that’s strengthening the next generation of conservation leaders by connecting culturally and ethnically diverse college students to wildlife-focused career opportunities.
Early on in my SCA internship at St. Croix Wetland Management District, I learned three interesting facts about monarch butterﬂies.
1. Monarchs journey up to 3,000 miles between Mexico and the northern United States and Canada. each year, and this annual epic journey is actually undertaken by four generations of butterﬂies.
Endangered Species, Sustainability
Endangered species just minutes from downtown Philadelphia
Posted by Staff | Friday, July 24, 2015
by Bianca Perez
Great Egrets are a common sight right now at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum in Philadelphia, PA. We are America’s First Urban Refuge which means that we are not in a far-away area secluded in the wilderness, but are actually 993 acres of fresh water tidal...
Animals & Wildlife, Coasts & Water, Endangered Species, Science