Searching for Black Oystercatchers and birds in Salinas,CA
There are three sites along the California Coastal National Monument that I will be on the lookout for any Black Oystercatcher nests. The black oystercatchers nest only along the coastline, so monitoring their numbers and protecting their habitats is very important. Their nests consist of a small, uncovered area usually behind a rock to protect against the wind. When the oystercatcher decides on a nest, it is lined with small pieces of shells. There are two (or three) couples that I will be keeping an eye out for that frequent the three sites at Point Pinos. The only issue with the monitoring sites is that the locations are at areas where large tourist buses unload their passengers to take photos of the coastline. I see a lot of people climing the rocks during low tide, and the possibility of them stepping on eggs in nest is very likely.
This week was also Hugo and I first tabling event. We went out to a community in east Salinas to be apart of their community spring cleanup. There was a pretty big turnout, and especially no shortage of kids there, so we were busy. Our booth was right next to a park, so we set up our information table and our scopes for kids to try to pick out birds flying through the park. By the end of the event, we had our own group of about 10 kids that were so eager to learn even more about the birds we were seeing in the park, like the red tailed hawk. We taught kids how to use scopes and binoculars, and I took to the booth to help some kids create bird mobiles. Parents also got some information on Elkhorn Slough, but we didn’t have any pamphlets in Spanish, so translating those information pamphlets will definetly be my next project.