I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring Ashton and the surrounding towns and areas throughout Idaho. Living in rural Idaho has made me appreciate the outdoors and natural beauty that this area has to offer. From field days on the Lower Henry’s Fork to hiking challenging trails, I’ve loved being immersed in nature. Something that has become an intern ritual is attending Music on Main in Victor, ID as it’s one of the only consistent events where we can put on something other than hiking boots or waders. I’ve been exposed to different types of music that I usually don’t listen to and I thoroughly enjoyed a band called Remember Jones, which was a neo-soul band a couple of weeks ago.
In terms of field work, it has been nice to be on the water and become more familiar with the computer software and ADCP in general. Christina and I have named the ADCP, Matilda, after a few weeks of serious consideration. This name was chosen because Matilda is gifted, but can also be unruly at times when we need her to behave correctly during our transects. An unexpected positive has been seeing wildlife as we float down the reach. I saw my first moose up and close while rowing down to the Trestle bridge. They’re such majestic animals, that I forget their strength and threat that they can pose. (Walking through bottom braids of lower Henry's Fork)
As far as the data collection goes, I feel accomplished when we get a good measurement that has an acceptable standard deviation/average. Meeting new people through the volunteer rowers that we work with has also been positive. We’ve had people from the foundation as well as master naturalists and people just interested in helping out. I love learning about people’s lives and how they connect to the outdoors, so it’s been a nice addition to the entire project experience.
I completed the data collection for my personal project over two field days. My personal project requires me to collect groundwater seep data and their associated temperature and habitat. It was interesting to be in the driver seat in terms of making decisions about the best way to collect the temperature data and creating my own data sheets. I enjoyed the responsibility.
Last week was my first full week of office work and I can safely say that I prefer field days. Office work is important because the data has to be processed and analyzed of course, but field work is just so much more exciting! I was mainly inputting Matilda’s measurements into excel sheets, working on the results for my project, and working on my literature review. I’m equally excited and nervous to complete and present my project during the seminar series. I’ve been learning so much about hydrology from this hands on experience and I’m excited to continue learning more.