Last Day in Paradise

Today is my last day at Yaquina Head (YHONA). Yesterday during the tide pool shift, we had the most magnificent sunset; a perfect ending to this internship. I am still amazed by the sheer beauty of this park. This morning when I clocked in, it hit...

The Next Chapter

This Friday is my last official day of my internship. I leave Newport, Oregon, that night and start another chapter of my life near my family in Bakersfield, California. I recently accepted a position with AmeriCorps for their Building Healthy Communities Program, a non-profit focused on...

4H Mania

This past week I was in Salem, Oregon, for the Oregon State University 4-H Multicultural Camp. I stayed there from Wednesday to Friday, and led a bird walk. Most 6th, 7th, and 8th graders did not know what "birding" was, and a majority thought it...

Six Months Later

Next week will be my last week here in Newport. Six months just flew by. I feel so happy to be going home, but I'm also sad to leave such a beautiful little town. I've enjoyed this place and will truly miss the people, the food,...

Second to Last Community Update :(

Here's the latest update I wrote about the Common Murres at Yaquina Head: We had some exciting news this past Thursday we held the day-long Common Murre chick activity watch from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.! With the help of several volunteers and the lab crew,...

Cuteness Overload

Yesterday we held the day-long chick activity watch at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. What does that mean? Over the course of the day, several volunteers and the members of the Seabird Oceanography Lab monitored the Common Murre chicks in the remaining plot of the research study....

Literal Hands-On Experience

Some of my recent tasks included installing a camera off Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area and removing the tracking device from one location on the site to the lighthouse rail. This tracking device (farthest from the text on the left and right) downloads the data from...

Six Weeks Left

It’s hard to grasp that I only have six weeks left in this internship. Time has passed so quickly. I can vividly remember arriving in Newport in March, not knowing what to expect. Before this internship I had no prior knowledge of birds, but over...