From Ela Engert:
Prior to arriving on the reserve, I had a much different idea of what the landscape and work entailed. I envisioned myself in a field, hot dry and flat, pulling fenceposts from the ground all day. What I've experienced over the last week has been a drastic improvement over my presumptions.
Us volunteers, being amateur scientists, are respected and trusted, participating as equals when collecting data. I find myself hiking nearly every day through rolling green and yellow hills, valleys, bluffs and dry creek beds among the wild, roaming ungulates. Wildflower and cactus in bloom; it is a place of simple beauty.