The past couple weeks here in Colorado have been busy with wrapping up field season and continuing the analysis of the remainder field data. In the past weeks I had the opportunity to help fisheries and hydrology personnel at the Kremmling BLM office with an education day for the local 8th grade class. Had groups of kids complete stream flow and water quality exercises and participate in some of the simple tests a hydrologist would conduct to determine the overall health of a stream system. Carol and I, along with Betty Ford Alpine Gardens personnel, completed the last of the seed collections for the year at the Leadville site that we have visited so often. In addition to finishing up seed collections we also finished up the rare plant monitoring with a Penstemon species in western Colorado that resides on the shale covered hillsides of the Roan Plateau near a site that use to be mined for oil shale. Along with finishing up already established monitoring programs, we ended the field season with the implementation of a pilot study for a rare species in North Park called Corispermum navicula. The difference in this monitoring was that the species is an annual and therefore presents a unique challenge in how long-term monitoring should be set up. Over the past year figuring out a way to best complete this task has been a side project and a couple weeks ago I was able to implement the protocol. So, as the winter months approach, my mindset must turn to office-based work and less time in the field, but with plenty of data to analyze the winter looks to be busy and full of learning opportunities.
BLM Colorado State Office
What a wonderful summer! The CLM interns were successful in range monitoring, seed collections, and Powder River Basin Restoration (PRBR) journeys. We had so many adventures at work and outside of work. Our extracurricular activities ranged from visiting Sturgis, South Dakota, to Teton National Park, Wyoming. Aside from adventuring, we’ve eaten plenty of delicious Mexican and Chinese food-yummm. Now… you are venturing forward to Denver, Colorado, a back-packing trip in the Amazon O_O, then further pursuing your career in botany and wildlife.
I can easily say that you will be missed in Buffalo, Wyoming. Your intelligence of plants and wildlife is non-comparable to those around us. You memorized all USDA plant codes, Latin names, common names, and medicinal uses…among other descriptors. You do not need a dichotomous key, you already are an encyclopedia! I will miss the Chris Durham notes, “Please report to Chris “The Totes” Durham or Charlotte Darling to report in to say that you are doing fine” that you leave sticker-ed on my monitor. I will miss when you call my cube and you’re only one cube away. I’ll miss the parallel parking of your office chair. Certainly will remember your hypothetical scenarios and stories with no climax, that are pleasant and funny. You certainly have a way of making people smile : )
Till next time, BYE JUSTIN : )
Thank you…for all that you do to make people smile (always), for sharing your ideas and opinions. Thank you for coming out in the field with me on the PRBR site visits. Aside from your help at work; thanks for the root beer floats, the pineapple, the rocks, sharing your knowledge and stories, traveling, entertaining, and have I mentioned already-JUST BEING YOU!