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A Semester to Remember

As I sit here writing this post in my little cottage dorm room, I can’t help but to feel a little bit sad. We have eight more days until...

Should I Leaf or Should I Stay-tion

It’s the end of the semester for the Highlands IE students. The trees and surrounding trails have gone from vibrant verdant green to...

A Monarch's Viewpoint

Yesterday, I tore out of my first home and ate it. The ivory colored egg I came out of served as a nutritious first meal. I did not know...

Wrapping Up for the Spruce Crew

September 30th was a bittersweet day for the spruce crew. Time had been a stressor for our last few days of fieldwork; bear hunting...

Shifting Baselines, Shifting Birds

“Many many years ago, before humans existed on this earth, the sky held only light. There were no people yet, there were only animals....

Spooky Season Guide to Bats

As we head into Halloween, a time for candy, costumes, and all things spooky, I wanted to highlight one of our favorite mascots for this...

Our Weekly Visit to Laurel Hell

On Thursday morning of August 25, some of us students hopped into the van with Jason for our first day of internship fieldwork. We drove...

Reflections: In One Form or Another

Since I arrived in Highlands, I have been taking in everything to the fullest. I spent the first few days wandering around getting lost...

'Mander Update

Everybody knows that salamanders are wicked cool. Since you were little, we have all spent hours and hours turning over rocks and logs,...

At Home in Highlands

The students here at Highlands Biological Station arrived a few weeks ago and have been settling into the new landscape, myself included....

Highlands 2021 Semester In Review

With our semester winding to a close and only a month left until final exams, I decided to reflect on our time at the field site so far....

Out of Comfort Zone/ Into the Wilderness

Are you the type of person going to the mountain, taking a picture, stopping at the tourist center, wandering around tourist towns for...

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