International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with the Watsonville Nature Center was half a great turnout, half not. The bird walks held in the morning had lots of people on them; there were even enough to split some up into two groups! It was really great to see so many people coming out to support birds and learn more about them. I had a great time on the walk I joined, and even saw some friends I hadn’t seen in such a long time! Unfortunately, the IMBD event at the Nature Center itself had a very low turnout, but at least the morning went well.
Later during the week, I was able to go monitor Black Oystercatchers (BLOY) with Hugo, an intern from the first year they had interns. I learned so much within such a short amount of time! Like how to tell a male from a female – the male has a perfect circular pupil, while the female has a tear drop shape on the bottom of her pupil (we even got close enough that with the scope this was so obvious to me). We also talked about me starting a BLOY volunteer monitoring in Santa Cruz, which would be great since that is where I live and there is no program for monitoring them there. More updates about this will be coming in future blogs!