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 our week long internship training.  In addition to meeting everyone we are lucky to be in one of the most beautiful locations for birding, Monterey, California!

While the internship training will only be a few days, our interns have a packed schedule that ranges from scientific field work to learning about community outreach.  Tonight, our interns will have the opportunity to meet Jim Chu, Migratory Bird Program Specialist, from the US Forest Service! We are thrilled to have Jim join us, as he has been a large supporter of our efforts here at Environment for the Americas.  Rick Hanks from the California Bureau of Land Management will also be joining us for our introduction session and in our field work. Additionally, our EFTA staff members, Natasha, Jon, and Sue, will be lending their expertise to our interns through workshops during the training.

Throughout the week we will be doing site visits to Elkhorn Slough, Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, and Point Reyes Bird Observatory. Elkhorn Slough, a key site for migratory shorebirds, will be the focus of interns Hugo and Stephanie, both from Monterey, CA. At these sites interns will learn how to conduct bird counts, habitat surveys, bird identification, as well as enjoy all the beautiful sites California has to offer.

We will be updating the blog through out the week so make sure to check our blog/facebook/twitter learn more about what we are doing!

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