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
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
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
Posted by Staff | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
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
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
Get your Guide to Safe Camping in Black Bear Country
ABOVE: A black bear wets its whistle at Yosemite National Park. NPS photo by SCA intern Dakota McCoy.
Yosemite National Park in California is one of the most visited parks in the entire National Park Service system, receiving approximately 4 million visitors each year. Out of those 4 million people, more...
Conservation on the Santa Fe Trail
“I thought such an expanse of ﬂatness would be about as stimulating as a parking lot, but instead some part of my brain that remembers itself to be a savannah ape was switched on. The slope of the land and color of grass stood out in my mind like a living Van Gogh painting. It was one of the most beautiful and alien spaces I have ever encountered.”
Adventures, History, Parks, People, Trails and Hiking
SCA member Sarika Khanwilkar helps mitigate a global conservation problem
Members of the Boys & Girls Club of Martin County gathered at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge with Sarika Khanwilkar for a marine debris beach clean-up.
All of us live on Earth, but nowadays the natural world is hard to find. Most of us spend the day surrounded by asphalt roads,...
Coasts & Water, Education, Endangered Species, History, Kids, Science, Sustainability
Written with pride by Kahmia Moise
Posted by Staff | Monday, July 6, 2015
ABOVE: Kahmia at Gateway National Recreation Area’s NYC Pride table.
Centennial Volunteer Ambassador Proud Moment #1:
I brought Gateway National Recreation Area to NYC Pride!!!
The idea first sparked in my head last year while interning in Washington, DC for National Capital Parks- East at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic...
Career Success, Education, People
A Step by Step Guide to Conducting Duck Surveys & Enjoying Ice Cream with Your Fellow Interns
A field dispatch from SCA member Elizabeth Braatz, currently serving as a Career Discovery Internship Program intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
I have never identified ducks before. Nor have I ever driven a UTV (Utility Task Vehicle), searched for Karner blue butterﬂies, or sloshed through wetlands in...
Science, Wetlands, Animals & Wildlife
A Field Dispatch from Dakota McCoy, SCA Bear Management Intern
ABOVE: Blue 54, a 9-year-old male, after receiving his new GPS collar. (NPS photo by Katie Rodriguez)
The Dogwoods have bloomed and the Sierra’s snow caps are melting, which can only mean one thing in Yosemite National Park – summer! Waking up to the rumbling sound of Yosemite...
Adventures, Animals & Wildlife, Parks, Science