The Little Things

The first time I ever "birded," I was studying abroad in Costa Rica camping on a stranded island at 5am with the sun barely rising. The night before, one of our professors asked "Who likes birds and wants to go birding tomorrow?" I had absolutely...

Excitement in the air!

This was my introductory week at both Elkhorn slough and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). I have to admit I was extremely excited beforehand but actually being there gave me such a sense of awe,accomplishment, excitement and a greater eagerness to start working. Everyone...

With Knowledge Comes Understanding

Every morning, Jhonny and I drive to Reedsport and enjoy the beautiful views. Even though this has been a rainy week, I have been enjoying the coniferous forests and the beautiful coastal views.  We have been extremely busy and our schedule is filled with meetings,...

Wonderful peaks and folks

I'm beyond excited to have finally been through my first week in the San Luis Valley BLM field office. My first day went by smoothly, for the most part of the morning were introductions and safety meetings. I was excited to meet the great staff...

You can Train in the Rain

      If I could sum up this week in one word, it would be WET. Luckily, Yaquina is still beautiful on rainy days and the rain doesn't stop people from enjoying the outdoors. This week I spent my time learning the ropes of Yaquina...

Sembrando (Planting Seeds)

I remember vividly the day I became interested in pursuing a Biology major, specifically a Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior major at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). I visited the San Diego Zoo and witnessed a spider monkey and hippopotamus interaction where the...

Training, Learning, and Having Fun

Earlier this month, the other EFTA interns and I were sent off to sunny San Diego for training! It was a week full of classroom learning, fieldwork, presentations, and great people. From shorebird identification to teaching and presenting strategies to nature walks and hikes, the...

The humid and friendly Northwest temperate rainforest

My internship location site is at Siuslaw National Forest on the Central Coast of Oregon. In 2012 I had the opportunity to live and study in the Willamette Valley, which is about two hours from my internship location. So, I am familiar and comfortable with...