Changing Seasons Changes Reasons

It’s incredible the difference one week of water diversion can make on the Blanca Wetlands. Early in the season we got so familiar with the birds and their feeding habits that we could usually predict which ponds would have the most birds on them, and...

Specialties

Now that my time with EFTA is coming to a close, I have been scouring the internet for possible job opportunities. I am noticing more and more how desired it is to have a specialty. While I always considered my broad range of experience a...

Out With The Boss

At the end of this week Morgan, Anjelica and I had the opportunity to go on a field day with the Office Manager of the San Luis Valley Field Office, Andrew Archuleta. After working in the San Luis Valley all summer, Andrew wanted to take...

We Built. A Fence.

I know to some people that probably sounds boring. Or uneventful. And it's probably something not many people would volunteer to do in their lifetime. But this week Team Bug put up an exclosure fence next to the Rio Grande River from post to wire...

Suzy the Sucker Fish

This past week was the annual San Luis Valley Stampede parade! It's sort of an end of the summer "hoorah!" in the valley, and it's a whole week long of events and rodeos in Monte Vista and Alamosa, Colorado. The other interns and myself got...

Field Trips and History Lessons

This week, Morgan and I had the opportunity to go out with the San Luis Valley Geologist and Archaeologist on a field trip with a local youth group. The Conejos County Clean Water Coalition hosts bi-monthly field trips to different historical sites around the valley...

I think I’ve Become a Birder

Even though I've been working for the Environment for the Americas for nearly four months now, up until recently I would not have considered myself a "birder". I've always liked birds, and I've always appreciated their songs, bright plumages, and in some cases, their flight...

Inter-agency Collaborations!

It sounds incredibly technical and serious and somewhat intimidating when you start hearing phrases like that getting thrown around the office in reference to your training. I remember hearing "inter-agency collaboration" followed by a slough of other professional references and technical trainings and thinking, "…just...