This is my last full week here at White Sands, and it’s starting to hit me. But before I talk about that, I want to talk about how Mothapalooza went last week.
There were about 60 people who came to see the moths and the presentation Eric gave. It was actually pretty fun! When I cut the yucca fruit … Read more
The entire process of creating an interpretive, educational website about Hispanic heritage on and along Route 66 in New Mexico has definitely been an interesting one. I have worked on interpretive projects before, and creating a StoryMap about this topic was both more demanding and more relaxed than anticipated.
A lot of the work I do with digital media is … Read more
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
As part of the interpretive StoryMaps website about Hispanic heritage on Route 66 that I am creating, I have had to locate and include as many images as possible, which are interspersed throughout the text. These images are all important. They attract users and offer a break from reading text, provide greater context, and, perhaps most importantly, can feature the … Read more
Some sad news, y’all, about the outreach event that I was helping prepare for this Thursday to work with the Teen Court, a group of teenagers who need community service and want to remove an act from their record. We were going to do a potluck-style meeting with people from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, … 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.
I have about three more weeks of my LHIP internship, and my digital StoryMaps project is in its final stages. All of the text is written and the images have been selected, so now the process is all about reviewing, editing, and obtaining permissions. It definitely doesn’t sound too exciting, but there is something nice about having a product in … Read more
I have an exciting thing going on next week. The second annual Mothapalooza will be happening on July 28th when the local moth expert Eric Metzler, who has been doing research in White Sands for many years, will be giving a talk on what he has … Read more
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