GBI Media Contest June 2021 Submissions, Part 3

Here is the third and final collection of our June media contest entries. Starting things off is the above photo submitted by Research Associate Ross Adams, who describes what’s happening in the image: “Jammin’ on the bear can bongos! Pictured: Guy Hernandez, NPS, gets excited for yellow star-thistle treatment on Woodlot Slope in Yosemite National Park. The invasives crew practices bear-safe food storage on the slopes of El Portal, CA.”

Our thanks to all who submitted for giving us so many spectacular photos. You made it really tough to pick a winner, but certainly gave us some beautiful images to remind us of why we continue to work so hard on behalf of our public lands.

Part 1: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/gbi-media-contest-june-2021-submissions-part-1/

Part 2: https://www.thegreatbasininstitute.org/gbi-media-contest-june-2021-part-2/

Megan Means, Research Associate. “This little honey bee is JUMPING from one flower to another on this rare plant (Eriogonum twisselmannii). We have JOY knowing that through this bee’s pollination this plant will produce seeds and continue the species for future generations, especially because it is an area that was burned in the Castle Fire Complex of 2020. This picture was taken during a Rare Plant Survey in Sequoia National Forest. The surveys are done to help the Forestry Service with their post fire restoration in an effort to reopen the forest.”

Caleb Nichols, AmeriCorps. “Justifiably, Juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) has the most jubilant view in all of Lamoille Canyon! During my time in an AmeriCorps internship in Elko NV, we hiked many trails and none of the views made me as jovial as this lone juniper en-Joy-ing the gorgeous canyon below.”

Indiana Olave, AmeriCorps. ““June Sunset”
As a new AmeriCorps member working towards field based environmental and cultural management for the Great Basin Institute, this has easily become the greatest and most exciting work I have done in my life thus far. Although tough, my work has become therapeutic. On one of my days off while driving alongside the forest that I survey almost every day, I noticed how beautiful the sunset was. I decided to make a quick stop, and I was able to capture this photo of myself admiring a June sunset.”

Mackenzie Jones, Research Associate. “I called this photo Jolt. Not only did the morning I took that picture have a cold temp that jolted me awake at 5am, but seeing the sun rise and peek through the conifers in that moment gave me a jolt of motivation. Working on remote fire scars can be challenging. Yes we chose this because we love it but some days you need that jolt to get the positivity flowing. I just smiled at the sight of the sun and had a successful work day after. I am a RA with Eldorado National Forest and that day it from working with contractors on an herbicide contract.”

Amy Alverson & Jenna Malidin, AmeriCorps. “Jenna Jumps for Joy with a Juniper.”

Madison Geisser, AmeriCorps. “J is for jaw dropping! As an AmeriCorps intern through GBI in partnership with the USFS, one of the most rewarding experiences has been exploring the places that we are trying to protect. I am a part of the noxious weeds program in the Ruby Mountain-Mountain City-Jarbidge Ranger District here in Nevada, and the outdoor spaces have been more beautiful than I could’ve imagined! Seeing the native wildflowers in these landscapes provides plenty of motivation to win the war on noxious weeds that threaten them.”

Robyn Holmes, Research Associate. “J is for Joy! One of the best things about field work is getting excited about all the neat nature you stumble upon… in this case, the tiniest crayfish we’d ever seen! Emmi Peterson is pictured. We work on a stream survey crew based out of the BLM Elko, NV field office as part of the RA program.”

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