Having massive amounts of data and research on a very specific topic is absolutely useless if no one has access to it. This, fortunately, will not be the topic of my blog today; instead I will be writing about the exact opposite. Yesterday, I was able to attend a presentation given by Brad Andres, the National Coordinator of the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He talked about his methods for analysis, the species being monitored, and the region where the analysis is being done. The reason he was giving a presentation at the San Luis Valley Field Office, is that the Bureau of Land Management currently manages nationally significant wetlands for shorebirds, waterbirds, and waterfowl. The presentation was interesting and gave me more perspective on Brad’s work worldwide, and after the presentation we had a question and answer session.
Once we wrapped up the meeting, we all proceeded to three government vehicles and headed out to the San Luis Valley Blanca Wetlands. Once on site, we headed to one of the ponds we normally survey and we spotted a Snowy Plover female sitting on her nest. We also had the opportunity to watch Snowy Plover babies running around the adult Snowy Plover. It was like looking at a big cotton ball being chased by two tiny cotton balls with legs. It was a pretty incredible afternoon, not to mention that just last week David Sibley was also visiting the San Luis Valley Blanca Wetlands.