About grayhawkleola

Hello! I'm Leola Grayhawk and I'm a 10th grade from Trek North High School in Bemidji, Minnesota!

Mapping and Invasives

Hello once again! I totally forgot to post this yesterday. I gotta step my game up, guys! Anyways, today we finally started creating our own maps. That was sooooo cool and fun! I had a great time learning what all the buttons did, how to make the map look all nice and ~pretty~, and seeing the finished product and being astonished about how professional it looked! It was nice 😀 We’re going to continue learning how to map today, but we also had  a presentation on earthworms the other day! I learned a lot of things that I didn’t know! I knew that earthworms were an invasive species, but I didn’t know that every single one living in the state of Minnesota(except for one aquatic worm) are invasive! We also learned how earthworms affect forests and why it can be bad for them, especially hardwood trees! It was a very fun, educational experience, and I think we might be continuing the presentation today! Hope everyone has a wonderful morning!!! 😀

Gi-mino-ayaamagad na?

Good morning, everyone! How are you doing? 😀 I hope everyone is bright eyed and bush tailed this morning!  Today were going to start working on our GIS maps of the pond 2 Braids using the way points we collected and attaching the plant data to those points. It’s very exciting! Sheila told us about the importance of learning how to use this program and how it can be utilized in many other fields, not just the sciences. It’s cool that, although I’m only in high school, I’m able to experience things like this and get a head start in something I’m most likely going to use a lot in my future because I’m planning on becoming a scientist of some kind.

Learning the Ropes of GIS

Ahhhh, the beginning of a new week of exciting work. This week, we’re learning how to use GIS, the Geographic Information System, to make graphs of all of the data we have collected so far! It can be a little daunting looking at the program and thinking “whoa, this is pretty professional and intense,” but it’s also all that more exciting because of it! It’s going to be great to see all of our hard work represented in a nice, clean, easy to read, and understandable map. I’m so pumped!!! 😀

Plotting up the Forest

REU on Sustainable Land and Water Resources


Yesterday and today we were collecting date on Namepin. My teammates and I were excited to get this information. Working outside in the morning has to be the best time, it isn’t to hot and it isn’t cold. Perfect weather for a a couple days out in the field! there was a lot of slash while collecting data. The picture where the trees look like they are a tipi, the is a home for the spirit of the forest. Also known as the Saabii (Wild Man/ Aka BigFoot). We found like 3 of these out at the disturbed site. It was a mind blower once we found out what lived here a few years ago.Snapchat-982950480317410802

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On The Hunt for Emerald Ash Borer

I was going to post this yesterday, but I totally forgot too! Sorry about that. 😳 Anyways, our time out at the pond was almost over, but Sheila (the one wearing the hat behind Kristina) spotted this log with tons of holes in it. She had Kristina and Mary (on the right) help her remove the bark and look for more holes in the tree to determine if this was caused by Emerald Ash Borer! Pretty scary!

On the Hunt

Boozhoo, Leola Grayhawk Indizhinikaaz!

Hello! My name is Leola Grayhawk and I’m from Bemidji, Minnesota. I’m part of the Namepin Group. I love all things STEM related because me = maximum nerdage. I attend Trek North High School and am going into 10th grade. I participate in Envirothon and Track, both of which I love to pieces! Although I’m not 100% sure as to what I want to peruse for a career in the future, I do know that I want it to be something STEM, like environmental science! I’m very excited to share with all of you the amazing memories I’m going to be creating during this internship! Mino-bimaadizidaa! ~( ^o^ )~
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