Round Two at the Buffalo Field Office! One month in so far and my time has been spent a few different ways. Our office has had a shortage of front desk help so I was offered the opportunity to help out for the month of March before my internship started in April. More qualifications have now been added to my resume due to this great opportunity and I am much more familiar with the staff. The majority of my time has been spent working a lot with GIS to plan and prepare the sites we will visit this year for Range Health. There are a few perks of staying in the same office for a second year. 1: I already know everyone. 2: my desk was already set up from before. 3: I am already familiar with the organization and location of many files that are required to finish my Range Allotment Packets that I have created for ease of use during the field season. 4. I did not have to pack and unpack my possessions. Having a two month break between internships was a little tough financially, but had its own benefits for outdoor activities.
Buffalo had a free admission day to the museum. I was happy to be able to be able to go! Visiting was on my “To Do” list from last season but I was not able to go until recently. Great museum!
Heather and I were able to go into the field to map some fence, tanks, and reservoirs last week. We had a good time exploring what Wyoming’s ranges had to offer. This day was a nice change of pace from my usual computer and GIS work. And yes, we did get dirty. A nice fine layer of orange dust clung to our clothes and faces to prove a good day of work was done. 😉
While in the office earlier this week, one of our wildlife biologists received this in an e-mail. These sold for half a million dollars. The sheds were found in the 50’s. Talk about some good habitat! All the more reason why conservation jobs are important!
Now for a song tidbit that reminds me of my time in Buffalo, Wyoming. I made a few edits to apply more to Buffalo. 😉
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of cactus, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There my mentor stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then she lit up a range truck and she showed me the way
There were voices down the main street,
I thought I heard them say…
Welcome to the Hotel Occidental
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely pace
Plenty of room at the Hotel Occidental
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find Buffalo here
Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the range files
To the place I was working before
“Relax, ” said the night man,
“We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! ”
*Add nifty guitar solo for the next 2 minutes*