The Train has Left the Station

I am happy to report that this week, I finally started sporting my BLM uniform! It is composed of many layers of brown clothing, including pants, shirts, jackets, hats, sweaters and of course not complete without a  couple of shiny name tags. Tuesday morning I...

Bird Stars: Return of the Interns

Hello everyone! This week I was blessed enough to meet up with two wonderful previous EFTA interns whom I had the pleasure to survey with! I met up with Daniel (previous Monterey intern from two years ago) this past Thursday and we surveyed all the...

Practice of Freedom

There was so much learning done this week. From third graders to young adults and even a couple of parents and a wide array of topics too; from native habitats, to micro-invertebrates, to interpretation and communication. This week was filled with a lot of insightful...

Restoration, crucial for conservation

It has been a great experience to be surrounded with people concerned about species conservation and management of natural resources. All these experiences are allowing me to see the importance of disturbed environment restoration, especially those affected by invasive species.  During this week we not only work...

02 The Handover Part II

After wrapping up the training in San Diego, I came right to Alaska to start my internship. It still amazes me that through this internship with EFTA I have this great opportunity to work with the Forest Service in Cordova. As soon as I got...

The Little Things

The first time I ever "birded," I was studying abroad in Costa Rica camping on a stranded island at 5am with the sun barely rising. The night before, one of our professors asked "Who likes birds and wants to go birding tomorrow?" I had absolutely...

Excitement in the air!

This was my introductory week at both Elkhorn slough and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). I have to admit I was extremely excited beforehand but actually being there gave me such a sense of awe,accomplishment, excitement and a greater eagerness to start working. Everyone...

With Knowledge Comes Understanding

Every morning, Jhonny and I drive to Reedsport and enjoy the beautiful views. Even though this has been a rainy week, I have been enjoying the coniferous forests and the beautiful coastal views.  We have been extremely busy and our schedule is filled with meetings,...