As I write this post, I have approximately 30 hours until I leave Capulin Volcano for the summer. People keep asking me the same question: am I excited to leave?
My answer always has two parts. The first is that I’ve really enjoyed my time and my work here at Capulin. The creativity mixed with the science and outreach, the … Read more
I’ve always said that I love having one foot in the world of scientific research and another in education and outreach. I’ve done a bit of the education part before, but it mostly revolved around answering interesting questions. This week, I took it a step further in designing and giving my own interpretive program.
In a surprising turn of events, I seem to have become the unofficial photographer/videographer for the park.
I wasn’t always such a prolific photographer. I remember being interested in it by the time I was about ten years old, collecting National Geographic magazines and photography books. But all I had was a film camera. While shooting film is a great … Read more
Ever been paid to go camping?
If you’ve read even one of my previous posts, you’ve probably put together that I’m outside every chance I get. This week, I was lucky enough to go on a one-night camping trip with my coworkers. When I was a kid, I always assumed that park rangers became park rangers because they were outdoorsy … Read more
I would bet good money that one of the things most LHIP interns share is that we are spending our summer somewhere we have spent little (if any) time before. I’ve worked a lot of jobs in a lot of places, but crossing the state line driving in for this one marked the first time I’d ever seen New Mexico. … Read more
Part of what drew me to this internship, beyond the bird research itself, was the opportunity to talk with visitors about the birds and our project – to tell them why we band, what questions we’re trying to answer, and how they can get involved. Unfortunately, Capulin is quite out-of-the-way. Most of our visitors are from Texas or Oklahoma, on … Read more
In this post, I’ll answer the number-one questions I get when I tell people I band hummingbirds:
“Wow – but they’re so small! How do you do that? Does it hurt them? Why are you banding them?”
First, though, what is bird banding? Bird banding is a process in which researchers capture birds and put a small, lightweight band on … Read more