On Our Way Up

Snowy Plovers are a sensitive species and are very close to being on the Endangered Species list. The Blanca Wetlands is the largest breeding site for Snowy Plovers in the state of Colorado. During the field season of 2011, hundreds of Snowy Plovers were counted...

The Many Faces of a Blanca Wetlands Intern

I honestly believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world! I get to participate in protecting our environment and our natural resources while doing some awesome work. This year I have gotten ATV/UTV certified, helped give tours at the Blanca Wetlands,...

Ground Owls!

Am I the only person in the world that did not know that there is such a thing as a burrowing owl? I asked if we can join Lore Harvie and her crew for a day to help build our resumes, and I was super...

Camouflaged Eggs?!

Growing up, I always thought that birds nest in trees. When I thought of bird nests I always pictured elaborate nests that took the birds a long time to build. Little did I know that not all birds nest in trees, and not all birds...

UTV Training!

Talisa and I had to get ATV and UTV certified in order to be able to do some of our surveys, and let me tell you both days were a blast! Talisa wrote about the ATV training and you can read all about it on...

Mist Netting

Mist netting is not only extremely important when trying to monitor avian wildlife population, but it is also a lot of fun! I was able to join Dr. Armstrong on a mist netting mini-training. According to an article I found online "Mist nets and mark/capture...

Ducks can be Deceiving

I have been performing shorebird surveys at the Blanca Wetlands for about four years now and this spring I notice something that I have never noticed before; ducks acting like shorebirds! The Blanca Wetlands is filled with waterfowl during the spring migration and when you...

A Quick look at the Blanca Wetlands

[caption id="attachment_7128" align="alignnone" width="300"] One of the many beautiful views of Mt. Blanca from the Blanca Wetlands[/caption] The Blanca Wetlands were part of a restoration effort by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Blanca Wetlands are naturally formed basins that were formed when the San...