“That’s the nature of scientific work,” writes Catie Mong. “It can be filled with exhilarating days of field work followed by weeks of unglamorous data processing. But I wouldn’t trade a second of it.”
Long before the solar eclipse crowds, national parks were drowning in people; this year’s steelhead returns in the Columbia and Snake River systems have been decimated; conservation comes to the Colorado River; Denver pushes for more electric vehicles; and Tesla is using a Hawaiian island to test how well batteries and renewables work together.
“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.”
“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.”
California’s Department of Water Resources "cannot deliver water to your local water suppliers without energy, and quite a lot of it," writes Barrett Travis. His job at the state agency this summer is to help model the feasibility of proposed hydropower projects.