It’s the first week back from training and I’ve already learned a great deal. Working with Los Angeles Audubon will definitely keep me busy. Whether its with their Greenhouse Program or attending a variety of outreach events, I’m definitely looking forward to the coming months. This past Friday I was able to attend the new Stocker Corridor trailhead opening with my supervisor, Stacey Vigallon. It’s part of the Park to Playa trail which will lead community members on a thirteen mile urban hike through different parks in LA and eventually to the beach! Although still a few years away from completion, the excitement was already brewing within the large crowd who attended.
I was also able to work with Stacey and another LA Audubon staff member, Brian Young, on a nature sketching tour through the Ballona Wetlands. The first Saturday of every month is “Open Wetlands Day” and visitors can go on bird walks, look through microscopes to see the many invertebrates that inhabit the wetlands, and even walk over to the creek and catch a glimpse of Venice beach and the shorebirds who are passing by.
An EFTA/LA Audubon intern tradition is putting up the Snowy Plover enclosure at Malibu Lagoon, which I thankfully was able to be a part of this past week! The picture shows a first year former intern, Carlos Jauregui, and myself using the stake pounder to secure the posts for the enclosure. Hopefully this keeps disturbances for these beach nesting birds at a minimum!
And speaking of former interns, I was assisted by both Carlos Jauregui and Emily Cobar for my first shorebird survey along the creek. They gave me a lot of helpful tips ranging from how to identify the birds to making sure I always have snacks or water handy. It definitely made me more comfortable and confident for future surveys.
It was an engaging first week and I can’t wait for what the coming months have to offer!