The parks have been closed, but the wild things are stirring. And so too are select GBI personnel, who have been continuing work as best they can. Although field operations were limited throughout May, work exceptions were granted to some of our people to perform crucial labor. And this resulted in the terrific images you see below. These include this winning video of a coyote and two ravens interacting, taken by Research Associate Michael Sadowski. Thanks to all who submitted to the contest for their great work and for bringing us these terrific images.
Nadia Westenburg. “I’m a Research Associate working as a Museum Technician at Yosemite National Park. I was inventorying some museum objects from my desk when I caught a glance out my window of this little bobcat prancing down the paved trail that runs between the Yosemite Museum and the Visitor Center. With the park being empty of visitors, the wildlife has gotten the run of the place!”
Jake Weinberger, AmeriCorps, Naturalist/Environmental Educator. “Perched, singing wren near our house.”
Joey Danielson, Research Associate. “A female lesser goldfinch looking for seeds in a flower. There is considerable variation in the coloring of this tiny finch, and birds can have black, green, yellow, or brown feathers. Small flocks of these birds can be found feeding in weedy fields or near streams.”
Joey Danielson, Research Associate. “A lark sparrow seen near my house. Lark sparrows often forage on the ground and fly up into trees and shrubs when disturbed. Unique face markings and a long tail with white corners make this bird easy to spot.”
Kelsey M. Graczyk, Research Associate, Social Media Technician, Joshua Tree National Park. “The photo is of a flowering Parry’s Nolina (Nolina parryi) that shows plant growth in a desert environment. April showers bring May flowers, which can be seen in an incredible way with this exceptionally tall flowering plant. This photo was taken to show that even in a harsh desert environment, life still blooms in spring. As a research associate, I work to inform the public online about species of plants in the desert and how they interact with the environment.”
Kelsey M. Graczyk, Research Associate, Social Media Technician, Joshua Tree National Park. The second photo is of the desert night sky. This photo was taken for a project created to show the importance of Leave No Trace principles on how to keep the desert night sky dark. Taken with the artistic technique known as light painting, the LNT abbreviation was drawn to grab the viewer’s attention to discuss what ways the public can help keep the night skies dark. Examples of LNT and protecting the night sky from light pollution include turning off lights surrounding your home or shielding them, starting a conversation with your neighbors, and telling social media followers. As a research associate I work to inform the public by online communication in fun and interesting ways so they can become informed on topics help start conversations with others to protect our night skies.”
Patti Littell, AmeriCorps, Naturalist & Environmental Educator, at Galena Creek.
Jake Weinberger, AmeriCorps, Naturalist/Environmental Educator. “Steller’s Jay at Hunter Creek Trail.”