Black-bellied Plover

Surveying the shorebirds at The Blanca Wetlands last week was extremely exciting for me. While surveying pond 115 I spotted my first Black-bellied Plover! The first time I saw a Black-bellied Plover was in California for my training with Environment for the Americas, but this...

Taking the Initiative

It is one thing to work from the sidelines, and another to take action. For the last couple of weeks, Hugo and I have been watching the habits of the Black Oystercatchers. From breeding habits to the birds bobbing their heads to establish boundaries, we...

“Get to know” IMBD Gallery launch

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="2842,2843,2844,2845,2846,2847,2848,2849"] My first assignment the second day of my internship with EFTA was an outreach activity at the Art Gallery of Pepco Holdings in Washington, DC. This joint initiative by the electricity distribution company, federal agencies and NGOs was an opportunity to launch the...

Valley Outreach

Last week, Anjeica and I went back to Centennial High School to the present to high schoolers this time. They were a good bunch of kids to work with because they all listened and asked plenty of questions, which always makes presenting a joyful experience.  In order to be...

Onsite outreach: Elkhorn Slough Reserve

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="2804,2805,2806,2807"] Last week we had the opportunity to practice our nature interpretation skills with a group of students from MERITO at Elkhorn Slough Reserve. It was a great day to come out to the trails for a day of learning about birds, plants, history...

Seabird Surveys from Yaquina Head Lighthouse

[caption id="attachment_2733" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Bald Eagle flying away with an adult Common Murre. Photo taken from Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.[/caption] I started Common Murre surveys this week with Oregon State University  in which me and graduate student Cheryl Horton are collecting data on the species'...

Cordova Ranger District Orientation

[caption id="attachment_2752" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Forest Service Volunteers and Employees[/caption] I can not believe I have been in Cordova for two and a half months already. I have been involved in community education and outreach, owl surveys, shorebird surveys which was one of my main projects here...

Walk in the Wild

For the past couple months I have been spending a majority of my time planning our International Migratory Bird Day event, Walk in the Wild in Boulder, Colorado. Finally, after all the planning and preparation, the event happened on May 18th and was a huge...