Monday, July 25, 2016

Mercer Slough Dragonfly Survey


We had a group of high school volunteers in the park this weekend performing citizen science. These teens, who were volunteering through Mercer Slough, were tasked with collecting dragonfly larvae for the Dragonfly Mercury Project. The Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center is a collaboration between the city of Bellevue and the Pacific Science Center. The Dragonfly Mercury Project is a nationwide effort to measure mercury in dragonfly larvae. These teens got pretty dirty while having a blast digging through pond mud for larvae. After finding enough samples, the group measured, bagged and labeled the larvae which will be sent off-site for testing. Thank you to these helpful volunteers!

To learn more about the Dragonfly Mercury Project visit: http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/studies/air_toxics/dragonfly/index.cfm
To learn more about Mercer Slough visit: https://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/mercer-slough/

Thursday, July 21, 2016

NYC Crews

We have a couple of Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) crews in the park this summer. They are doing amazing work with our trails crew, working on re-grading the tread, brushing, drainage improvements, and defining routes as the snow melts. You may run into some of these lively folks when hiking on the east side of the park near Sunrise or White River. Please thank them for their service and the incredible work they are doing. The NYC crew, here for three months, out of White River is funded in part by the Raney/REI donation. Our Sunrise NYC crew, here for one month, is funded by an Earth Day donation from Toray Composites, Inc. of Fredrickson, WA. Thank you to the donors and the crews for helping keep the park open and accessible to the public!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Student Conservation Association (SCA) Youth Crew

The SCA has three youth community crews that will be at Mount Rainier National Park this summer. The first crew from the Pacific Northwest region just finished their two week stint at the park. They stayed in the Longmire Stewardship Campground and worked on tread issues and brushing on trails on the west side of the park. If you find yourself on the trail to Snow Lake or around Kautz Creek, know that this youth crew helped shape these trails for your enjoyment (and to protect the wildlife that lives shortly off trail). This crew was funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service's Youth Partnerships Program. Let’s send a big THANK YOU to this SCA Community Crew!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Have a story to tell?

Story-worthy photo by Ed Hunds
As part of Mount Rainier's Centennial Celebration, the park will host a storytelling night at the Paradise Inn at 8:30 p.m. on the evening of August 6. Ranger Curt Jacquot is gathering storytellers for the event, which will be hosted by Ranger Jim Ross. If you are a volunteer and have an amazing or interesting 5-minute story to tell, please e-mail your story nomination, with a brief description, as soon as possible to Curt_Jacquot [at] nps.gov.

As the storytellers say, "may you have a story-worthy summer!"

Thursday, July 7, 2016

HELP! Need Volunteers to Handout Annual Surveys

Calling all volunteers!  We were handed the annual surveys today to hand out on the following schedule.  We desperately need helpers especially this Sunday, July 10th!

7/10  Paradise 12:30-4:30
7/13 Sunrise    12:30 - 4:30
7/15 Ohana      12:30 - 4:30
7/17 Longmire   12:30 - 4:30
7/21 Ohana       9:00 - 1:00 
7/23 Sunrise     9:00 - 1:00
7/26 Longmire   9:00 - 1:00
7/30 Paradise    8:00 - 12:00

This survey is taken every year and helps us discover who our park visitors are and what they did while they were here.  We need one person to handle each shift, or two who would be willing to share half and half.  You will pick a single spot to stay and hand a survey to pre-selected number of visitors.  Full directions will be given to you when you arrive. 

If you are available please contact Kevin Bacher, Mark Loper, or Maureen McLean.  We truly appreciate your help.

Thank you
Maureen McLean
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers

MRNPA Work Party Reminder

A reminder from John Titland:

 
The next Mount Rainier National Park Associates volunteer work party will be Saturday, July 16th.  This will be the annual Mount Rainier National Park Associates Exotic Plant Removal work party, which we refer to as the "deveg".  We will be working at the site of the new Carbon River Ranger Station, and the Marsh Property, both located a few miles west of the Carbon River Entrance of the park on the Carbon River Road.  The ranger station occupies a building that was formerly identified as the Carbon River Ranch.  The area is still referred to as the Thompson property.  The property extends all the way from the road down to the Carbon River.

Things you should bring are work gloves, a small digging tool like a hand trowel, or your favorite weed removing tool, your lunch, plenty of fluids to drink, and a full set of rain gear.  A warm jacket would be good to include.

We will meet between 8:30 and 9:00 AM in front of the ranger station.  Be ready to go to work by about 9:00 AM and expect to finish about 3:00 PM.

If  you plan to attend this work party and have not already contacted John, please reply to volunteer(at)mrnpa.org and provide him with the number of volunteers you expect to accompany you.

Saturday, July 2, 2016