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This Wednesday was the last Discovery Lab of the summer at the Tijuana Estuary. The theme for the event was animal adaptations, and how each animal has a unique outer "skin" to be able to live in their habitats. Anita and I were in charge...

Last Day in Paradise

Today is my last day at Yaquina Head (YHONA). Yesterday during the tide pool shift, we had the most magnificent sunset; a perfect ending to this internship. I am still amazed by the sheer beauty of this park. This morning when I clocked in, it hit...

Live Action of What Nature Does Best

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://www.avesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Y.mp4"][/video] My heart nearly stopped when I saw this beautiful amazing black bear fishing right next to us, catching fish as if they purposely swam into its mouth. I first spotted this bear only ten yards away from me, both of us making...

Time To Get Muddy!

Another week, another day of mud in the slough (Elkhorn Slough, that is)! This week someone else accompanied us on the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve boat, to do his research. Charlie is measuring fine scale changes in the geomorphology of mudflats in the slough...

Why Don’t Animals Wear Clothes?

This week Katelyn and I participated in our last Discovery Lab at the Tijuana Estuary. The theme was "Why don't animals wear clothes?" and so several stations were set up to help teach families about this hot topic. We worked with the state park staff,...

The Next Step

[caption id="attachment_12012" align="alignleft" width="240"] Our first talk from Carlos Martinez at the Denver Art Museum[/caption] Well, I made it to the end. I feel like I have "kinda" figured out what I want to do. I enjoy teaching people about nature and different ways they can...

The Next Chapter

This Friday is my last official day of my internship. I leave Newport, Oregon, that night and start another chapter of my life near my family in Bakersfield, California. I recently accepted a position with AmeriCorps for their Building Healthy Communities Program, a non-profit focused on...

4H Mania

This past week I was in Salem, Oregon, for the Oregon State University 4-H Multicultural Camp. I stayed there from Wednesday to Friday, and led a bird walk. Most 6th, 7th, and 8th graders did not know what "birding" was, and a majority thought it...