Soothing Seed Cleaning

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in a seed cleaning event at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (SDNWR) site in Jamul. I had never been to the Jamul location before, so it was a bit difficult trying to find the place....

Nature Summer Camp!

This was the first week of the Los Angeles Audubon and ReDiscover’s summer camp! All week a group of about twenty students spent their mornings learning about different aspects of Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, as well as larger ecological concepts of Los Angeles. Students...

End of a Great Chapter

I knew the end was near, but I didn't think it would happen as fast as yesterday. It was my last time driving the company vehicle, my last time eating lunch with the bugs and the crew, my last time being on the wetlands as...

An Eyedropper Reflects How a Hummingbird Uses Its Beak

Do you think a hummingbird could gobble up a mouse? Of course not! I was able to do some outreach this week with a few summer school classes of 2nd to 5th graders. We learned about birds beaks and the adaptations that are special to certain...

End of Summer Events

It’s almost event week! Anita and I are preparing activities for two events coming up in the next couple of weeks here at the refuge. Our first event will be the Teen Summer Program, where we will be taking the kids around the refuge to...

Catching Up

This week has been quiet, but fruitful. I was finally able to have some office time so I could get caught up on work emails and get some new projects rolling. On Tuesday, Robert Masolini and I spent a day in the field putting up...

A Day on the River with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

For our final week with the Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP) participants, we arranged a river excursion on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Almost immediately after leaving the dock, we saw an Osprey return to one of three Osprey nests...

Definitely Not Smokey or Yogi Bear

Fifty yards: that’s how far the black bear was from the stream full of salmon to the field team I was with at Shrimp Bay. Seeing bears from a distance walking away is amazing, but to have one walking towards you not knowing you were...