The crab identification guide for Elkhorn Slough is a tool that students use to ID several different crabs that inhabit the slough. This past week I completed translating the guide which was an interesting project because it gave me an opportunity to review the different crabs that we have and helped me learn some terms that I did not know in Spanish. Beside this crab guide, my new upcoming projects include translating the trail map and possibly after figuring out a way, translating the common names of a birding guide to Spanish.

During my naturalist training course, which I have been attending on Saturdays, I learned about the early history of Elkhorn Slough. This included information about the early explorers that lived along the coast of California, in particular the ones who inhabited areas surrounding Elkhorn Slough, such as the Spaniards and Native Americans. What grabbed my attention about the early history was the encounters that explorers had with many birds and animals while passing through what is now Monterey County. It is hard to imagine seeing more birds than what there is today flying in large flocks. In addition to my naturalist training course I had the opportunity to hike some trails at Elkhorn Slough and practice my bird-watching skills. I have been seeing many Buffleheads as well as some American White Pelicans, Ring-Necked Ducks, and many other shorebirds from all different sizes.

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