Throughout this internship, I have referred to knowledge gained in the workplace as tools in a toolbelt; well, I can say that I have added many tools to my toolbelt since I last spoke to you all. From assisting with prescribed fire to custom metal fabrication on refuge equipment, I have had my hand in countless projects across the refuge. I have also learned to use the ‘tools’ I already had in my toolbelt more efficiently and effectively and take on different refuge projects independently. In addition to other refuge tasks, I have continued my research and analysis of climate change on bosque, and I am making solid strides towards the project’s conclusion! I have also continued to collect data on bosque’s water resources, and we are seeing great results with that project as well.
I am excited to see what the winter season has in store for me, and I am excited to share my experiences with you all down the line. That is what is so great about working for the USFWS, I am not just gaining essential knowledge that will aid me in career development, I am also gaining countless memories that will last me a lifetime. I am thankful to Hispanic Access Foundation and the USFWS for the opportunity that I have been presented with and will continue to represent my community in a positive and professional manner.