DCA-> DEN-> SAN->DCA

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Aileen, her dog Diego, and I went on a marvelous hike to Horsetooth Mountain Falls in Fort Collins where we saw multiple white tailed deer beside the trail (pictured on the right).

Coming back to the East Coast took some time getting used to after being gone for over 2 weeks !

I was lucky enough to spend a week working at EFTA headquarters in beautiful Boulder, CO. There I met fellow EFTA intern Aileen and we each created educational presentations that we would be leading in San Diego for the Celebrate Shorebirds Intern Training.IMG_2236

 

I had a wonderful opportunity to witness and be a part of the daily operations of this organization including a surveying project involving Latin American families living in Longmont, CO. The project, funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, asks Latin American families about the types of outdoor activities their children currently or would enjoy among questions about how they hear about local outdoor programs. From the information collected the project partners hope to pilot local programs geared to include the initial families surveyed and hopefully expand the successful programs for the entire Longmont community. I was truly moved by the project and hope to be a part of it or something similar in the future.

 

 

Aileen. Cassy, and Gibran deciding what groceries to purchase from Costco.

Aileen. Cassy, and Gibran deciding what groceries to purchase from Costco.

From Denver, the EFTA team flew out to San Diego on Tuesday to buy food, preview our sites and have

Birding on a clear and sunny day with the looming danger of rattlesnakes nearby.

Birding on a clear and sunny day with the looming danger of rattlesnakes nearby.

everything together before the rest of the interns arrived on Thursday.  Once everyone arrived on Thursday we drove to Cabrillo National Monument, had lunch in the sunshine overlooking the San Diego Bay as both small boats and large ships cruised by on a windy afternoon. That first day of training was a great way to start a week of non stop learning! I could go on for hours, if not days, about all of the amazing people I met, shorebird identifications, bird hikes, environmental education techniques and career advice without even getting into the funny moments or games we played in our daily 14 passenger van rides!

 

Being around many like minded nature loving individuals, many with stories similar to my own, I was not the quiet and shy person I have been most of my life and it was liberating!

 

I want to sincerely thank everyone that helped put this training together and those that participated. You guys are the BEST and these memories will last a lifetime. *Cue the happy tears!*

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Mandy Nativi
mandy.nativi@earthconservationcorps.org
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