¡Que tal, amigos! My name is Denisse Silva and I will be the new intern for Yaquina Head! A little bit about myself: I lived in Mexico, in the state of Queretaro, before coming here to Oregon; this experience was life changing and remarkable! As part of the California State University (CSU) International Program I resided in my father’s country of origin and learned so much more about my own culture and heritage! I am a Salvadoran-Mexican American. My mother was born in El Salvador and she immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life in the early 80s. She raised my four brothers and I on her own and this June will be momentous as I graduate with a BA in Political Science and two minors, one in Sociology and the other in Spanish, from CSU Bakersfield. I will be the first person in my extended family to reach this milestone and this was all possible because of my mother. My father, on another note, resides off the Pacific Coast of Mexico in a small pueblo called Lo De Marcos. It was during my excursions to see my father that I acquired an appreciation for the outdoors, particularly the ocean. My first experience in the environmental field was volunteering for the local turtle conservation program. I was able to contribute during the beginning stages of this organization by patrolling the beaches, collecting the eggs, teaching local children about turtle conservation, and establishing community ties. As I mentioned, I love the ocean and this includes any aquatic sport (scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, etc) imaginable! I am excited, yet nervous, to surf the cold waters of Oregon and explore its marine life, including shorebirds, whales, and seals! Furthermore, I am so fortunate to be given this opportunity with EFTA to continue making an impact in the environment and in the lives of people I touch. See you soon, Newport!