GBI Media Contest June 2021, Part 2

As previously mentioned, June’s J-themed media contest overwhelmed us, both in quality and volume. And we can’t not share more of these great images from our field personnel, so here’s the second of three galleries of June submissions. The above image is courtesy of Research Associate Alessandra Puig-Santana, who writes, “I am the Spanish Language Social Media GBI for Joshua Tree National Park. What better way to represent the letter J with the funkiest fake-tree of all, the Joshua Tree.”

To see the first part, click HERE.

Bailey Papes, Research Associate. “J is for Jar Stirrer! Here at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility, my summer project is determining if biochar can remove PFAS from contaminated groundwater. To test the absorbance capabilities of biochar, the jar stirrer is used.”

Jeremy Gilbertson, Research Associate. “Jump Right In. After a long day of working in the 115 degree heat of Whiskeytown NRA, we on the Klamath Network Inventory and Monitoring Streams Crew are treated to this amazing view of Lassen Peak from Manzanita Lake for an evening swim. Although we were brought here for the work, places like this are why we want to stay forever.”

Jeremy Gilbertson, Research Associate. “Journeys. Just as the sun journeys across this landscape each day, so do we! This photo marked the first week of our deployment as Klamath Network Inventory and Monitoring Stream Tech RAs in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and symbolizes our journey from Manzanita Lake (middle left) to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area (under the sun!) every day. It is an excellent reminder to sit back and enjoy the whole landscape as we pass through, and of how fortunate we are that this is a step in our own journey this summer.”

Chelsea Peer, AmeriCorps. “I am working as an Archaeological Field Tech in the AmeriCorps program, surveying historic and prehistoric sites in the Lake Tahoe Basin. My coworkers and I found this feather on the ground while searching for a site. I am certain that it comes from a Stellar’s Jay, a beautiful bird species that I had never seen before coming to Lake Tahoe, hence it fitting into the theme for the month.”

Norman Cone, AmeriCorps. “Me and my crew visited California’s largest western Juniper for the GBI June photo contest. The juniper tree is located in the Tahoe National forest at Sardine peak, near some of our field sites.”

Emily Jonsson, AmeriCorps. “No, we’re not drinking on the job – but we will record evidence of the historic miners and loggers who enjoyed a drink after work! Working with USFS in Sequoia National Forest on the Castle Fire project, we came across this cultural artifact as a part of a large historic mining camp. I was drawing the embossment on the label of the bottle so that we could accurately date the site once we left the field, and the letter ‘J’ in Jim Beam stood out to me immediately. These small moments are a reminder that we are not the first or last people to walk on this land – we preserve this heritage and environment for them.”

Katie Reisinger, AmeriCorps. “joy – noun [ˈjȯi] : the emotion evoked by pinecones and leaves that are larger than your head. This summer I have the unique opportunity to serve in an AmeriCorps position as botany tech in partnership with BLM – Redding Field Office. This was from a botany survey at Oregon Mountain in Weaverville, California, where the amount of plant diversity has brought me so much joy and excitement! Even though they are common species, Acer macrophyllum (big leaf maple) and pinus lambertiana (sugar pine) never cease to amaze me!”

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