On Monday of this week, we got a break from butterfly sampling to attend an insect pinning and curation workshop at the Newhalem Research Center, put on by Khuram Zaman of the University of Wisconsin Madison. It was quite the surprise when I walked into the workshop and recognized Khuram from an entomology class we had taken together at the … Read more
This week, I was fortunate enough to get to travel to Mount Rainier National Park to work with the Cascades Butterfly Project crew that is stationed there. One of the many benefits of this trip is that the Cascades Butterfly Project has five survey routes spread across the park, so I was able to see a lot of it while … Read more
This week, we were finally able to shift our focus from lynx cameras back to butterfly sampling. We returned again to survey at Sauk Mountain, and we were able to get our first survey of the year completed at Cascade Pass.
Sauk Mountain was looking as beautiful as ever when we arrived there this week. It was the clearest day … Read more
One caveat of surveying subalpine and alpine butterfly populations is that they reside in areas of high altitude, which can be tricky to get to. Because this year’s snow melt in Washington is behind schedule, four out of the five sites we are supposed to sample each week this summer are currently inaccessible due to snow presence on roads and … Read more
Wow, where do I even begin?! I have seen and done so many things in the past two weeks it’s difficult to pick and choose which ones to tell you all about. Today I’ll write a little blurb about my road trip to my work site, and a little bit more about my first few days on the job.
Before … Read more
My name is wicka wicka, Alex Brito (pronounced like Frito with a “B,” or you can just call me Burrito like I know you want to…most people do anyways!).
Greetings, readers! This is the first of my blog entries for my summer internship as a Cascades Butterfly Biologist with the National Park Service at North Cascades National Park in Northern … Read more
As the end of my summer internship comes to an end, I can’t help but reflect on all that I have done while being in the Pacific NorthWest. Setting up the control network with Jeremy, my NPS sensei, has been our number one focus, but being lucky enough to have the weekends free, I have also had opportunities to discover … Read more
Life on the island is a bit kooky, laid back, and each day is more unique than the last. From kayaking in the pitch black ocean waters completely surrounded by glowing blue bioluminescence to laying in the prairie fields watching bald eagles glide above you. This place holds a sort of magic that you wont find anywhere else. Living … Read more