This past month has been chock-full of desert tortoise and yellow-billed cuckoo surveys and I have decided there are few ways I would rather spend my work day 🙂 The long hours of crawling up rocky cliffs and maneuvering through spiny brush is instantly worth it the moment you find that elusive tortoise deep in its burrow or hear the distinct call of the cuckoo high up in a sycamore tree. Along with our wildlife adventures, Annabelle and I jumped on the opportunity to get certified in All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) driving, which we have been looking forward to all summer!
The most important thing I have taken away from this internship is the importance of putting yourself out there and making connections. A little initiative goes a long way and can help you focus your internship on what you are truly interested in. I have come to love the Sonoran Desert and I look forward to living here long after this internship ends.
Wildlife Biological Technician – BLM Phoenix