GBI Media Contest April 2020 Submissions

Certainly, April proved to be an unusual month for GBI and its field personnel. The suspension of field activities impeded our monthly media contest, but leave it to our people to rally in the face of obstacles and submit the great images included in the gallery below.

Our winner this month is AmeriCorps member Jake Weinberger, who submitted the above photo. Jake explains: “While stuck at home, as an environmental educator with Galena Creek Visitor Center and AmeriCorps, I created a video plus an at-home learning resource for kids about tree rings and [how] they are used by foresters to determine forest age and health.” Additionally, Jake shared a link to the video, viewable HERE. The full lesson is available under “Tree Cookies” on the Galena Creek Visitor Center’s Learning Resources page at galenacreekvisitorcenter.org/learning-resources.html.

Kristin Forgrave, Research Associate, Death Valley National Park: “Roommate and fellow GBI Research Associate Mariah Walzer teleworking. Compensating for the relative lack of activity without fieldwork, creative teleworking arrangements have become a way to keep focused and ergonomically safe.”

Mariah Walzer, Research Associate, Death Valley National Park: “Teleworking has been leading to some creative work stations in our house. Does this fulfill the recommendations for ergonomic work positions?” (Shared with permission from the subject, GBI RA Kristin Forgave.)

Joey Danielson, Research Associate: “I saw this juvenile Cooper’s hawk while taking a walk on a forest service road near my home. I have found that if I have to get outside it is best to walk on little used mountain roads rather than trails where I could encounter people. Juvenile Cooper’s hawks can be distinguished from adults by their bright yellow eyes and brown streaked breast. Adults have orange or red eyes with orange barring.”

Joey Danielson, Research Associate: “I encountered this Northern Saw-whet Owl recently while monitoring a riparian restoration area in Great Basin National Park (before the suspension of field work). This bright-eyed owl is common in forests, often roosting at eye-level. Although not commonly seen, these owls leave lots of evidence below their preferred roosting trees. If you find owl-pellets and whitewash this tiny owl may be nearby!”

Tate Caldarello, Nevada Conservation Corps Crew Lead. Photo taken atop Mt. Rose, Nevada.

Amber Laird, Research Associate, OHV Restoration Technician: “This submission features a short shot of lightning striking over the Panamint Range in Death Valley National Park. This shot was taken from my back porch during telework. When living in a National Park, even desk views can be pretty amazing.”

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