Writing + Nature

I like to believe that nature influences all wonderful things. It influences art, beauty, family, character, love, etc. It is hard for me to imagine a beautiful world without nature. The blooming of flowers in spring, the falling of colorful leaves in fall, the radiant...

The Habitat Around Us

When I walk on Venice Beach's sandy grounds I begin to wonder about the habitat that is around here. Before this internship, I never would have thought there would be much habitat because it’s just sand, water, and residences. Now I view the beach differently,...

Outward Bonding

On my Sierra Nevada Outward Bound course, I got to connect with nature and my current group of nine other students on the trip. All of us new to the experience but through physical and mental challenges were brought together as a team to face...

Happy Thursday

Sitting along the shore of Venice beach, I was preparing everything for Least Tern monitoring when I hear a squeaky chirping above me. I look up to see two birds flying and ready to land onto the sandy beach. They land at least three feet...

A Birds Perspective

On my walk on Venice Beach, while surveying for Least Terns I imagined myself as a Crow, patiently flapping my leathery black wings above the sandy beach. It is cold and still cloudy out so not many humans were out and about but as they...

I Already Miss Them

On May 26, Friday afternoon was the West LA commencement for the citizen science program. They had completed half a school year in this program, mainly meeting at Kenneth Hahn recreational state park, learning about citizen science and doing restoration work. They also graciously volunteered...

Greenhouse Commencement

On May 20th, LA Audubon's Baldwin Hills Greenhouse interns and restoration leaders had their commencement celebrating the years they have been in the program and the work they have done for the community. West LA College students from the Citizens Science program with LA Audubon...

Interns on the Go

On Tuesday, May 9th, I was at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook greenhouse with the greenhouse interns and restoration leaders. I sat down with some of the interns to help with their internship project. This was their last day to finish completing their projects, so,...