The ProRanger Philadelphia program is an academic, technical skills training, and internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service.
Students take coursework during the academic year at Temple University and participate in internships at National Park Service sites during the summer. Follow their experiences here.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
4 Years Later
Aerial Photo of the Breach
of the internship has been spent with resource management studying how the
island has bounced back after hurricane sandy came in and rolled right over it.
When the hurricane came through it caused sea water to wash over and destroy some
of the dunes. In one part of the island it caused a breach due to the sand
being washed away. This was what most of my time was spent studying in my week
in resource management. The first part of my week I did over wash studies which
is the areas where the water passed over the dunes and caused them to washout
leaving new areas for plants to grow and build the dunes back up. This entailed
me to carry around a camera set up which had a one meter by one meter square it
would take pictures of so that the scientists could decide the vegetation
coverage and see what plants are growing back. There are 8 over washes on the
island, each with at least 60 plots and we were able to get two done in one
day. Most of the plots are growing back strong but there are some plots that
continue to get washed over when larger storms come through.
Dragging for Ticks
breach is another large topic on the island, it was opened up by hurricane
sandy and has since cleaned the water in the bay making it more inhabitable. It
is still moving and the edges of it change with every bug storm that comes
through the island. The scientists are very interested in the movement of the
breach so every month they map out the edges of the breach. For this they use a
Trimble which tracks your location with GPS while you walk on the water’s edge
at the breach. After this you go back to the office and upload your points and
it creates a line and with this data they can see that the breach is moving.
They track the edge of the breach every month and have been doing so since
three days after the hurricane. This is the most accurate data that there is on
the breach so far.
Spring Ladies Tresses
than that I got to work on setting up acoustic trackers for bats in the
Williams Floyd Estate. We also set up cups for working on mosquito research,
looking to see if the Zika virus is here on the island. The Floyd estate is an
area that the park does tick drags as well, looking to collect deer ticks for
lime disease studying. I was also on the hunt for a rare orchid called Spring
Ladies Tresses that grows near my housing, we found six and have one of the
largest populations of this flower in New York.
can see the resource management department here is always busy, and even with
all the previously stated activities from the week there was still deer studies and
vegetation studies happening in order to figure out what to do with the deer