Where in the Parks is Tatiana?

Hi, my name is Tatiana Mihaita and I am an ‘Art in the Park’ intern at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado this summer! Last year, I was a Forest Wellness intern at Congaree National Park in South Carolina. This is my second summer with the Latino Heritage Internship Program and I am super excited to be in Colorado for the first time.

HISTORY OF THE PARK

Rocky Mountain was designated as a national park on January 26, 1915. It is currently the 4th most-visited national park with 4.3 million visitors!

It was originally home to nine associated Tribal Nations prior to their forced removal. Today, Rocky Mountain National Park and the National Park Service as a whole are coordinating to have a working relationship with indigenous communities to honor and support their original and traditional land uses.

Nine Associated Tribal Nations:
-Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation
-Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
-Northern Arapaho Tribe of the Wind River Reservation
-Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation
– Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Reservation
-Southern Ute Indian Tribe of Southern Ute Reservation
-Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation
-Ute Mountain Tribe of the Ute Mountain Reservations

This sign tells a short history of the indigenous people who live in this area, it is located in the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center.

ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

So far I have seen moose, elk, yellow mantle ground squirrels, bighorn sheep, coyotes, a bobcat, magpies, and hummingbirds!
During training at Sprague Lake, we saw a mama moose, a yearling (a one-year-old moose), and an osprey looking for some lunch
There are Elk EVERYWHERE in Estes Park and rOCKY moUNTAIN!
Yellow mantle ground squirrels at the Junior Ranger Headquarters in Hidden Valley
At sheep lakes there were about six male bighorn sheep having brunch

SPOTTED TWO COYOTES RUNNING THROUGH MORAINE PARK 

Three female bighorn sheep were enjoying a ladies only meal

What's Coming Up?

Next week I will be visiting Lily Lake and Wild Basin to scout for potential programming locations!


Want to read more? Click here to see all my blog posts for this summer  —> 2023 Blog Posts

If you want to learn about my time as an intern at Congaree National Park last summer check out my other blogs —>  2022 Blog Posts 

and YouTube playlist —> Summer 2022 Internship

Until next time!
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1 Comment
  • Adriana Villanueva
    Posted at 08:58h, 30 May

    Wow, a summer in the Rocky Mountain National Park must absolutley stunning!!
    Hope you have a wonderful time. Please keep posting animal sightings and please keep us posted on all the arsty stuff you’ll be doing!

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