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Aug 18 2017 | Out West student blog
“Now more than just a hobby,” writes Miranda Vogt, “Ebird’s users have turned birdwatching into a citizen science goldmine – the gold being data that places like the San Francisco Estuary institute use to understand our environment and how we might help it.”
Aug 17 2017 | Out West student blog
“I've gotten into a habit of stopping at bookstores on my daily walk home,” writes the summer intern Juliana Chang, “and looking around to see what books I can find with the small acorn dotted Heyday logo on the back cover.”
Aug 15 2017 | Out West student blog
“Some consider Alcatraz to be one of the most haunted places in America,” writes Julia Anderson. “In the weeks I’ve been here, however, “I’ve never seen a ghost.”
Aug 14 2017 | Out West student blog
Yiyuan Zhang joined a group of Department of Water Resources interns to visit Oroville Dam, the largest earthen dam in the country and the site of a near-disaster in February, when the dam's spillway gave way under heavy outflows.
Aug 11 2017 | Out West student blog
”Navigating this complex tension” between archeology and enjoyment, writes Sandro Hall, “and finding innovative ways to couple preservation with outreach is one of the joys of working at Yellowstone.”
“I have witnessed throughout my internship,” writes Ignacio Mendez, “the determination of the state of California to go beyond the stance of the federal government and remain committed to the fight against climate change.”
On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will pass over the Pacific Northwest. The solar industry’s success in California means that the electric grid operators will have to plan for a period of time when the sky goes dark and solar generation plummets. While the generation loss is significant, it’s not the only problem.
“Arriving to work at Yellowstone National Park,” writes Amelia Traylor, “I was thrilled to arrive among real-world examples from my previous science education.”
Jamie Rodriguez arrived at the National Council of State Legislatures just as it was scrambling to answer lawmakers' questions about the Election Integrity Commission's voter data requests.
Jul 31 2017 | Out West student blog
“The Trust for Public Land is not concerned with preserving wilderness,” says Nate Marshall. “Instead, its mission statement, ‘land for people,’ reflects a broader, human-centric approach to conservation.”

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