Katie Birch is a Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and has worked for the City of Steamboat Springs and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environmental Water Quality. She has conducted fieldwork on Rio Grande cutthroat trout and volunteered on water engineering projects in Uganda. Katie is looking forward to expanding her fieldwork experience with a month on the prairie.
The sky darkens and black and blue clouds start to roll in one after the other. A flash in the sky announces the first strike of lightning. It doesn’t rain here, it storms. I wouldn’t call it a hostile land (there’s a certain peace to life out here), but it’s a harsh one indeed.
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