Intern Blog Archive

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:45am
During a short meeting with my mentors, Rob and Jamie, we each had our turn to look at each other and say, “Has it really been ten weeks already?” and “Where did the time go?” But regardless of how much I would like time to stop and to be able to work here longer, I have reached the end of my...
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:30pm
It’s only been three weeks since the last blog was posted and already things have changed so much. As August ended, the Henry’s Fork Foundation moved out of its small office at 512 Main and upgraded to a large, freshly refurbished office next to the library! This building used to be a hospital...
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:15pm
Things are getting weird here at the Henry’s Fork Foundation. One by one I have watched as the other interns finished their various projects and moved on to other adventures while I am still just starting mine here. Its week four of my twelve-week internship and it truly has been an adventure so...
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:15am
“Step. Step. Suffer. Suffer.” was the mantra of Elliot and I as we climbed the Grand Teton two weeks ago. During the fifteen mile round trip discomfort became our constant companion; when our pain momentarily lulled and thoughts of life other than survival would rush back I began asking myself why...
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:45pm
As my final week at HFF comes to a close, I am starting to think a lot about my experiences this summer and how they will shape my character in the future. I have learned so much and heard from so many different perspectives that I feel like I am coming out of this summer with a completely new...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
As strange as it seems my time here at the Henry’s Fork Foundation is coming to an end. This Friday will be my final day. After work Zac and I will head to Jackson Hole to spend the night before hiking to the base of Grand Teton. On Sunday we will attempt to climb the Grand via the Exum Ridge....
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 3:30pm
            This is my last week at HFF and I could not be more thankful for the time I spent here. I learned more than I ever could have imagined and met some of the most caring and hilarious people around.          ...
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 2:00pm
There is both an abundance and shortage of time in any place we call home. For six weeks I have called Ashton home. For two years I have called Stanford home, and every moment since their beginning has been an opportunity for retrospect and shock. Shock because they will be gone and what’s next...
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 6:00pm
​As I pass the halfway mark of my summer internship, I am more confident in my knowledge of the Henry’s Fork fishery and eager to learn more. Over the past few weeks, I have come to understand how each member of the HFF team plays a unique and vital role in the functioning of the organization. Each...
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 11:45am
The past six weeks have flown by. I’ve spent the time working, exploring, and adventuring around, enjoying every minute of the wild west that I get to experience. My original project was to develop a mobile app for android for the Henry’s Fork Foundation website. Due to the limited time that I...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 12:30pm
It’s been five weeks now at HFF and I’m still in awe of this wonderful place I’m in. The schedule looks generally the same every week in terms of what I’m assigned to do. I’m still taking water samples twice a week and doing Creel (interviewing anglers about their fishing) as well as continuing to...
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 11:30am
Edward Abbey once said that, “growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” When I left Stanford three weeks ago for the sunny fields of Ashton I was after one thing: to live the life of a “reluctant enthusiast, a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic” (Abbey). After a...
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:00am
As my third week living and working on the Henry’s Fork comes to a close, I am happy to say that my time here thus far has surpassed my expectations. The breadth of knowledge that I have been exposed to has enhanced my understanding of fisheries and watershed management, and the coworkers I am...
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:30am
It’s hard to believe that I’m already in the midst of my third week here in Ashton. The journey to this current time started over 2,000 miles ago in a small suburb outside of Boston with my Brother and a blue Subaru Forrester complete with a freshly stickered roof box. Just four days prior I had...
Monday, June 5, 2017 - 4:00pm
After a long flight to Denver and then to Jackson, Wyoming coupled with a night’s stay in Rexburg, I finally arrived at 61 Cherry Street, the intern house whereI would stay for my ten weeks time at Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF). To be honest the biggest surprise was the fact that Idaho has...
Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6:45pm
  The day has come. Today is the very last day that I will be working here. It seems like just a few days ago that I was working in the eighty degree weather and enjoying the wonderful air conditioning. We are now nearing the end of October and the snow has begun falling. Island Park has...
Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:45pm
  October is finally upon us. Unfortunately archery elk season is over and I did not get to harvest an elk. My dad got a nice 5x5 bull at six yards away with his bow that he got when he was 15 years old but I was not able to fill my tag. I actually don’t mind that archery season is over...
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 6:45pm
  The leaves are already changing as we are only a couple weeks into September. The temperature is dropping and the jackets and coats are coming on. Just earlier this week I was up in Island Park and snowflakes were falling all around. It wasn’t quite cold enough for the snow to stick to...
Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 5:45pm
  The days here at the Henry’s Fork Foundation have been rolling by. The weeks seem to be flying by and I have only been working for four weeks. I continue to collect water samples every Tuesday which always proves to be a long day. Even though the days may be long it is all worth it...
Friday, August 19, 2016 - 11:15am
On March 8, I found out I’d be spending my summer in a small town of just over one-thousand people, called Ashton, Idaho and practically jumped for joy in the back of a classroom.  I texted my parents and friends and group chats, and I started to plan all I would do during my most adventurous...
Friday, August 12, 2016 - 3:30pm
Today is my last day of work at the Henry’s Fork Foundation this summer. Words cannot describe the incredible ride that this summer has taken me on, nor can words describe the gratitude I feel for those who have allowed this internship to happen. I have learned so much about fisheries and natural...
Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 6:45pm
In the middle of my second week of working for the Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) I find that I am different than the other interns that work here. Some of the other interns here grew up in New York or Georgia and they had to travel a great distance to discover the many wonders of the Henry’s Fork....
Friday, July 29, 2016 - 2:45pm
I find myself nearing the end of week eight of this internship with only two weeks remaining before I begin the trip back east. I have truly enjoyed the day to day work along the Henry’s Fork. A couple of the other interns and I have been heading to Chester dam weekly to clean the river ladder and...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 11:30am
I've been in Ashton for exactly a month now, meaning I am nearing the halfway point of my summer, next Tuesday.  It's been a wonderful month and I've learned so much about HFF and the area.  I've made leaps and bounds in learning how I am going to complete my project, but most...
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 4:45pm
July is well under way, and I find myself nearing the half way mark for this summer internship. I am quite nervous that I haven't fully taken advantage of my Wyoming or Montana season fishing licenses yet. When I first arrived here, I thought I would be able to easily fish various rivers in all...
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 2:30pm
Goodbye, Ashton       Seven weeks flew by so fast that I did not realize my time to leave Ashton was fast approaching. Last Monday, I woke up naturally to the streaming sunlight from the window, and realized it was my final week working in the office. It truly felt like...
Friday, June 24, 2016 - 11:15am
It is hard to believe where I was two weeks ago this morning – Palo Alto, California – and where I am now – Ashton, Idaho. Like Reid, I went on a road trip of my own. It took me to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake, Craters of the Moon, as well as a few other beautiful places. It was great...
Monday, June 20, 2016 - 4:00pm
After a long drive from Lexington, Virginia with visits to Cincinnati, the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, and friends in Jackson, WY, I arrived in the Targhee area Sunday, June 5. I decided to hit Box Canyon below the Island Park dam that night, and lost several fish due to impatience and what I have...
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 12:45pm
Summer comes to the Henry’s Fork     In Ashton, the weather is getting hot as the summer comes, bringing with it a great number of work and projects to the Foundation. Anyone who comes in can immediately feel the energy of this bustling and busy office. Near the front door, Brady...
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 1:00pm
Farewell to the Henry's Fork                       Where has the time gone?  I am struggling with the fact that this is my last week at the Henry’s Fork Foundation.  It has been nineteen fun, challenging, and exciting...
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 4:15pm
                                      Eighteen weeks ago I began monitoring the two new open sections of the Henry’s Fork, from Vernon Bridge to Ashton Dam and from the northern side of...
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:00pm
Journey to the West - The beginning of my summer internship After a long day of travelling from Colgate University in Upstate New York, with bumpy bus drive, long line of TSA check-in at Newark and a thunderstorm delay at Denver, CO, I finally reached Idaho Falls on a gloomy, chilly evening and...
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 6:15pm
HFF Monitors New Winter Fishing Seasons             Prior to moving to Ashton and beginning work on an angler use survey for the Henry’s Fork Foundation I had never been fishing in the winter.  Honestly, the thought never even crossed my mind. ...
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 1:30pm
             It’s Friday, again.  That means as of today I have been here for three workweeks.  In that time, I have spent many days out on the river both working and playing.  I have gotten to know some of its stretches and had some...
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 4:00pm
                In my experience, winter and solitude, are two words that often evoke an uneasy feeling in people.  Particularly when combined.  Winter, by many, is perceived as a time of hardship, when life is brought to a near standstill....
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 4:45pm
      Today I woke up alone in a sparsely furnished house, my car-full of belongings scattered about the floor.  I had yet to find them a home in the 48 hours since arriving in Ashton.  I threw on some pants and set about chopping two red, Idaho grown, potatoes.  I...
Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 9:10pm
As we joyously walking down the trail after a great day of fishing and spectacular views, I turn around when Trevor shouts in a whisper, “Blair! Bear!” I then turn to Zach, and in the same manner whisper, Bear! Zach and I walked back up the trail about 10 feet to Trevor and Jeff expecting to see a...
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:36am
I'd say the best part of the work days of my HFF internship is the habitat study with Zach. I am a Conservation Biology major at St. Lawrence and I have learned so much through assisting Zach with his trout research. The best week working at HFF was the trout tagging in the beginning of the summer...
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:41pm
Over the weekend I went to visit my family (I'm a local) and my mom was watching one of my nieces. I have six nieces and nephews and this particular niece will be 3 in December. Her name is Taliya and I may be biased but she is one of the most adorable children in the entire world.Well, I took...
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:59am
The first time I ever attempted to fly fish I knew nothing about it. I had been taken fishing by my grandpa but never fly fishing so since I knew nothing about fly fishing the little helpful directions I received by Zach (the HFF grad student) was actually very helpful. He would shout to me "too...
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:28pm
The girls in front of Millionaires Determined to live out west, I interned last summer in Bozeman, MT and (as expected) fell in love with the Northern Rockies.  Now, a year later, my internship with the Henry’s Fork Foundation (HFF) has taken me back to the area I love so much. ...
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 12:05am
While my family has spent time in this part of the country before, prior to last week my parents and I had never made the trip to explore Yellowstone.  My mom and dad were lucky enough to be able to travel from Virginia this summer to spend time with me here in Idaho, and we jumped on the...
Sunday, July 6, 2014 - 7:15pm
Although I've spent some time in this area of the country with my family before, when starting my internship with the Henry's Fork Foundation, I was instantly astounded by how friendly and laid back people are in this tucked away section of America.  This summer, one of the main tasks the...
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 3:15pm
  It’s hard to believe this is my last week in Idaho.  It wasn’t that long ago when I drove into Ashton at 10:30pm, trying to figure out the turn to the intern’s summer home from US Highway 20.  This summer is my first time in Idaho, where the skylines are magnificent, the river...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 6:53pm
“You know who would be really good at electrofishing?” I asked the crew as we sat down in the grass, peeling off our thick rubber gloves in the 85-degree heat.            “Who?” Jeff asked as he let the 50(ish) pound electrofisher off his back...
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 6:22pm
           When I first arrived in Idaho, I called Matt to let him know I had made it to Idaho Falls. He cheerily replied that he would be there soon; he’d just picked up the Suburban from the shop and was running a little late. That, ladies and...
Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 6:15pm
When I return home and think back on my time out in Idaho, I am going to remember the hilarious, fun, touching moments that sum up my summer. My main inspiration for pursuing this internship was the opportunity to gain invaluable field-research skills that I couldn’t learn in an academic...
Sunday, July 7, 2013 - 6:00pm
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 4:14pm
If, one month ago, someone had told me that I would soon be excited to wake up at 5 am, it is highly likely that I would have been quite skeptical. But the thing is… they would have been right. There is something truly wondrous about waking up before the sun rises and hopping into a canoe for a...
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 7:25pm
 This is the true story…of seven strangers…picked to work in a watershed…live together and blog about their lives…to find out what happens…when people begin to catch fish…and start getting reel…The Reel World: Henry’s Fork Edition.MTV seriously dropped the ball when they didn’t get the rights...
Sunday, June 23, 2013 - 6:31pm
            So many wonderful, new, exciting things have happened since I arrived here in Idaho three weeks ago that I hardly know where to begin. I have tucked myself into a canoe before sunrise to assist with habitat surveys on the ranch portion of the Henry’s...
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 1:36pm
E-fishing doesn’t sound that hard, right? You just have to walk through 100 meters of stream and scoop up all the fish you stun. No biggie. The hidden challenge is getting to the sites. Armed with our trusty GPS, we look for the easiest way to get to the stream from the car. Sometimes it’s an easy...
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 12:48pm
A few weeks ago we teamed up with North Fork Native Plants and Intermountain Aquatics to restore a portion of bank on the lower Henry’s Fork. They have done several restorations in the past and have determined a method based on trial and error. The status quo for stopping erosion is to use large...
Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 1:45pm
Hiking in all of our gearThis week we electro-fished the wonderfully named Jackass Creek in Grand Targhee National Park. The sites we were surveying had only been electro-fished once before and the notes on how to find the sights were pretty vague. One description informed us that the beginning of...
Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 11:07am
The other day we met up with some great folks from Fish and Game (Greg, Jamie, and Jordan) and helped them survey the fish populations in Island Park Reservoir.  They had put down ten huge nets at various sites the night before, and we pulled them out in the morning.  We brought the nets...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:50pm
So far it's been one adventure after another out here in Idaho.  A few weeks ago, Spencer, Chase, and I went out on a canoe trip on the Warm River, which was a lot of fun! There was a little whitewater and we saw an osprey and some fish jumping.  The float was nice until we got to the end...
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 6:22pm
So the interns are starting to move in for work this summer, which I think we are all excited about!!  On the Buffalo River the other day, HFF counted and measured the number of fish in the outmigrant trap and fish ladder trap around the hydroelectric dam. Joining this process with Matt Cahoon...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 1:45am
The past couple of days were unique in that we were able to devote the majority of our activities to the educational aspect of the Henry’s Fork Foundation. On Friday, July 15th, we attended the Island Park Craft Fair at the Buffalo Run Campground where we set up a Henry’s Fork Foundation-sponsored...
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 2:17am
This being my first post I'm not really sure how to start...so I'm just going to jump right in where Heidi left off. Last Thursday, July 7th, we interns spent our first full day off of the water in a long time to help out Kim Ragotzkie, the Stewardship Director at the foundation, with the very...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 6:55pm
Last Friday, Katie and I accompanied Kim around Harriman State Park to release bio-control flies. The flies were designed to control the Canada thistle that is invasive in the area. They had really pretty wings with a black and white striped pattern. We got to see new areas of the park and climb...
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 11:35am
It is hard to know where to start to start the blog with a whole new group of interns for the summer. There are five of us – one local intern and four from out of the area. Matt is the local intern and he went to BYU-Idaho. Eli and Thomas attend Washington and Lee University in Virginia. Katie is a...
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:23pm
Although I am back at school at Colgate University now, I will continue to update the blog to provide more information on what the Henry's Fork Foundation interns got up to this summer. The second-biggest project we worked on in addition to the Caldera Project tributaries study was collecting...
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 11:22am
It's hard to believe that I'm leaving in only 2 days! Where did the summer go? As I ponder this question, I begin to reflect on the projects that the other interns and myself have been working on for the past 8 weeks. I will focus on the Caldera Project for this post, as I have worked on this...
Monday, July 19, 2010 - 10:11pm
As the summer is starting to wind down here at the Henry's Fork Foundation we have finally found time to collect and organize all the data we have collected over the busy summer field season. Over the next week we will be posting updates on the many projects we worked on, including the Caldera...
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