Black Oystercatcher Final Update 2015

This is my last blog as an intern for EFTA, and I figured that I should write about the results of a project that I spent a lot of time on during this internship, my Black Oystercatcher monitoring. Earlier this spring I also conducted a...

Seabird Lecture and Boy Scouts Hike

This past weekend I got the chance to sit on at a seabird lecture by retired senior Biologist Supervisor for the California Department of Fish and Game, former professor, and ex marine who is known for his booming voice, vast knowledge of wildlife, and red suspenders....

Seabird Stewardship with Mai Maheigan

I have never really been a fan of seabirds. Born and raised on the coast, all I remember from my childhood regarding seabirds were the seagulls that left guano in my parent's car, spent the whole day "yelling," and often stole my food. Now that I work...

Independence Day and National Parks

Back in January 10th, 2013 Central California got the spectacular gift of a new national park. This area, Pinnacles National Monument --  established in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt -- protects a mountainous area located east of the Salinas Valley, about 5 miles east of Soledad, 80 miles  southeast...

Black Oystercatcher Disasters

Part of my Environment for the Americans (EFTA) internship is doing Black Oystercatcher monitoring to determine nesting success alongside the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM), Bureau of Land Management California (BLM). For the past few years, the BLOY pairs in Pacific Grove, CA have not been...

Monterey Bay Aquarium Docents visit Elkhorn Slough

Since the beginning of my internship and naturalist training back in January, I have encountered many types of students of all ages. Ranging from curious elementary school children to indifferent college students and vice versa. However, this past weekend I experienced a new crowd when the...

Invasive Species Week

These past two weeks Elkhorn Slough raised awareness in regards to invasive species by having special events during the weekends which included invasive species walks, an open laboratory, and a couple fun arts and crafts activities for the children. After shadowing many of the volunteers...

More than a Boring Quadrat Story

Strolling through EFTA's Instagram and Twitter, one is immediately inundated with pictures of beautiful marshes, rivers, lakes, coasts, glaciers, and mountains, and blown away by the professional-looking photos of unique birds and festive outreach events. We EFTA interns are indeed a pretty lucky bunch; we...