Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

–Henry Ford


I must say that I am not always the easiest person to get along with. I am stubborn and often times want to do things all by myself so that I know it will actually get done. Over the last few months I have learned that Deisy and I complement each other well. What I don’t feel like doing, she does…and vice versa. Although I am sure no one can ever come between what the two of us have or get the many inside jokes that we share; I have found another partner in crime this week: Mr. Portland Torres.

5am came far too early on Thursday morning, the sunrise peaked its way through my window as I pried my eyes open and answered my ringing phone to the brightest wake up call anyone could answer. Portland picked me up, and we were off to the wetlands for an early morning Snowy Plover survey. Once we got to the wetlands all of the parties involved divided up into groups and started to tackle the ponds they were designated. Portland was a leader and was assigned the biggest pond. I decided I would be nice and joined his group. The three of us (Portland, Angelica, and I) were able to tackle all three of our assigned ponds and surprisingly finished early enough to assist another group on their ponds. Although it was unfortunate, we spotted a total of 5 plovers, one which was a chick (Cutest thing EVER). Lisa later informed us that the last time the surveys were done was back in 2012 and they had more than this year. It is most definitely sad to see the numbers decreasing, and I am making it part of my mission to figure out what exactly is happening. Our day did not end there, we headed back to the office and tortured sleeping Deisy on the way. After we returned to the office Angelica and Deisy said their goodbyes as Portland and I sat down for a long talk with Jill about all the newest updates and how the survey went.

I have known Portland for almost a year, and I can say today was beyond my favorite day with him. We found this connection and bond between us that I don’t feel will ever part. He has become like a brother to me and someone that makes work so much more exciting with all his tunes, tales, and laughter. I cannot wait to see what the rest of summer has in store for our craziness.

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