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
It was another week of firsts for me. Last Friday night we had the Full Moon Night I mentioned last week, and it went well! I did parking duty, but was still able to go over and see and hear the band play for a little bit. We had more people come than was expected, and the dunes … Read more
Route 66 is defined by a long, extended history that features numerous distinct and connected stories, all centered on improved access and new forms of transportation, leisure, economy, and migration. This narrative tends to focus on the Anglo-American, tourist-based experience, and neglects the involvement and experience of African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and others on and along Route 66. It … Read more
On June 1, 2017, the Washington Post published an article about The Negro Motorist Green-Book. African Americans traveling across the country through Route 66 used this resource (and similar publications like it) widely. It was more than a guidebook to help wanderers and tourists alike traverse the American landscape, it was a necessity. As the Post article explains,
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I am done with my training now! Yesterday I completed my First Aid and CPR certification training, and am ready to (hopefully) handle whatever comes my way while here at work and maybe in life. Now, since I am done with the training, that means I start to get into the normal schedule that I will have for the … Read more
So this is the second week of my time in New Mexico, aka the “Land of Enchantment,” a description written on every license plate in the state.
Let me start at the beginning of the week. On my day off I went to Las Cruces, the larger city 40 minutes west of White Sands National Monument (WHSA). There … Read more
For my project with the National Trails Intermountain Regional Office, I will be putting together a set of interpretive materials about the history of Route 66 and Hispanic heritage along the road. It’s an exciting project, but also a massive undertaking when it comes to condensing history and making it meaningful, interesting, and understandable to a public audience. So, for … Read more
Unlike many of this year’s Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) interns, I did not have to relocate for my internship with the National Trails Intermountain Regional Office. Instead, this summer I will be following a familiar pattern: traveling to and from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in the city where I grew up, Albuquerque, to work at the UNM … Read more
My name is Angelica Muñoz, and I just finished my first couple of days at White Sands National Monument (WHSA) near Alamogordo, New Mexico!
I flew in from Northern California on Monday to the very different weather of the Southwest. The warm, dry air was a refreshing change from the cool and usually foggy coastal weather of my native … Read more
When I left San Diego to go to school in Montana, I was warned by dozens of people about the unpredictability of the weather. I was told to always dress in layers to be prepared, and I can’t begin to tell you how many times I heard the “If you don’t like the weather in Montana, wait ten minutes!” joke. … Read more