Latino Conservation Nature Walk

On July 18, we had our Latino Conservation nature walk at Kenneth Hahn state park where Tania and I leaded a tour about native plants and bird migration. We had a small group attend but we were still able to make it work. I led...

Those Who Take Care of Us

Robin Wall Kimmerer said something in her book that has caught my attention ever since I read it. She said, "In some Native languages the term for plants translates to 'those who take care of us." While I was in the wilderness with my group walking...

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...