Internship training

Although a snow storm has prevented us from getting out to California during the weekend, we are now even more excited to be in the golden state! Today the EFTA staff is very excited to be meeting all of our America's Great Outdoors interns for...

Update from Lesly: Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="635,637,636,657,638"] In spite of its urbanized location, Richardson Bay is one of the most pristine estuaries in the Pacific Coast. Nine hundred acres of open water are protected by Richardson Bay under the management of the National Audubon Society. Richardson Bay is an important...

Update from Hugo: week 3

The crab identification guide for Elkhorn Slough is a tool that students use to ID several different crabs that inhabit the slough. This past week I completed translating the guide which was anĀ interesting project because it gave me an opportunity to review the different crabs...

Anjelica: Starting Week

The Blanca Wetlands host waterfowl and shorebirds by the thousands during nesting and migration periods. I was amazed to find out that over 150 different species of birds visit the Blanca Wetlands. Some of the most commonly seen bird on the wetlands include: pintail and...

Update from Lesly: Birding at Bolinas Lagoon

  [gallery type="slideshow" ids="559,605,607,606,604"] This weekend I went birding with my family at Bolinas Lagoon, a 1,100 acre coastal preserve in West Marin County, California. Millions of shorebirds and other waterfowl visit its pristine marshes and mudflats each year. Bolinas Lagoon is an important stopover point for...

Update from Hugo: week 2

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a variety of different events such as a complete day in the visitors center, attended a staff meeting, as well as continued with my naturalist training class at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. While at the visitors...

Update from Lesly: WildCare’s Bilingual Nature Walks

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="507,608,610,612,611,609"] I attended a naturalist led bilingual family program at Las Gallinas Ponds in San Rafael, CA with WildCare. WildCare operates a wildlife rehabilitation hospital in Marin County and offers on-site, in-classroom, and outdoor education programs. Juan-Carlos Solis, Director of Education leads fascinating monthly...

Featured site: Washington D.C.

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="475,186,476,477,478"] Our final America's Great Outdoors internship site featured is unlike the others presented in our past blog posts. This site will be in the metro Washington DC area, at the USDA Forest Service's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. A very exciting opportunity! Internship work at...