Helping out

This past Wednesday was quite exciting! For the first time ever I was actually able to help out Cal Parks staff and volunteers to set up a barrier to protect the Snowy Plovers.  As a park aide for Cal Parks, it makes me really happy to...

The Feeding

Food. Everywhere. This town has so much to experience just through the taste buds and I cannot help myself. It's no wonder why our migrating shorebird friends love to make Newport their pit stop--everything looks, and tastes, delicious! Though I love a good meal, I've...

Working on Conserving

This week was pretty eventful. We had our first and second official surveys at Ballona Creek.  The tides were later in the day, so when we finished we were rewarded by a beautiful sunset.  We mostly see willets, but we were able to see marbled...

The Beginning to the Good Times

I never realized how much life grows into perfection or what seems to be perfection to me.  Happiness is what a perfect life consists of.  I am proud to say I am full of happiness, and this job just added on the extra weight of...

Shorebirds are us

It has been a little over a week since the training in San Diego and I am really proud of how much I have learned. So much of what I have done has been completely new to me like learning to identify birds. It was...

…And it begins!

First plane ride, first time on the beach, and first time I've clicked with a group of people so rapidly! The time I spent in San Diego was absolutely amazing. I will never forget all the amazing moments and people I met there.  Each and...

The Landing

I look at my calendar and count the days. Yep, one week and 14 hours since I first opened the door to my new apartment. Sitting here, I glance out the window and scan the expanse of the Yaquina Bay, squinting slightly at the brilliance...

Just the Beginning

Training has been over for a week now, and I am amazed at how much I learned in just one week. Going away for a week with “strangers” can be a bit daunting, but all of us bonded and became great friends at the end...