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Thanks EFTA!

This was the last week for my Environment for the Americas (EFTA) internship, and it truly feels like the six months flew by! This week I was able to help survey for Snowy Plover roosts at Hermosa and Dockweiler Beach. And, again, it was really...

Where Do You Find Chemistry?

You find it everywhere, and it is literally everything. Life is chemistry and chemistry is life! Throughout the summer I would work with different people and they would very often ask me, "What do you do with chemistry?" I would smile and tell them, "Everything!"...

Salmon Anyone?

When I was told that I was going to Sitka, I wondered exactly what the wildlife department on that island had in mind. Never did I think that I would be traveling to a salmon paradise and actually have hands-on work with giant Sockeyes, Cohos, Chums,...

“Move It On Over”

If anyone ever asks, Hank Williams is the best music to listen to when you’re lugging 60 pound sandbags across mudflats. So, can you guess what I did this past week? That’s right! I lugged 60 pound sandbags across mudflats while listening to Hank Williams!...

Last Week!

Although it makes me sad that this internship has come to an end, I am so grateful to have had all the amazing opportunities that this experience has offered me. I have met so many intellectual people, such as the Mayor of Imperial Beach, Serge...

New Year

This week I had the opportunity to return to the site of our Conservation Art Show, and do a little bit of restoration work. The Leo Politi Elementary School habitat has largely been on its own for the past couple of years—the native shrubs no...

Fly Baby Fly

This week was a very special opportunity for the Blanca crew (or what is left of us) to handle wild ducks for banding. This project has been going on for a few years, the focus being on determining the number of Cinnamon Teal for hunting.  There...

Fitting End To A Great Summer!

This week I had an awesome opportunity to work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doing their annual duck banding project. It was a blast, for the people doing the banding anyway, but the ducks probably didn't share my enthusiasm. It felt great to...