This past Wednesday was quite exciting!

For the first time ever I was actually able to help out Cal Parks staff and volunteers to set up a barrier to protect the Snowy Plovers.  As a park aide for Cal Parks, it makes me really happy to see that they show an interest in conserving and protecting the adorable little plovers.

That same day I also completed a survey all by myself.  I was nervous to say the least, because I was used to surveying alongside Carlos but it made me feel good to know that I can identify several shorebirds without any assistance.

Last Sunday, Carlos and I noticed a bird we hadn’t seen yet, the Surfbird. They’re quite similar to other species of shorebirds, such as the Western and Least Sandpipers, and it took us a little while to figure out what exactly he was.  With all the skills we have learned we were able to identify it and today we saw a group of them once more. I’m so excited to see what other bird-friends stop in our area.

On another note, we get some of the best sunsets here at Ballona 😀

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