More Chicks and More IMBD!

Unfortunately, the first Black Oystercatcher (BLOY) nest failed, but now look at the Natural Bridges pair…two hatchlings and another egg hopefully about ready to hatch! Although there have been quite a few disturbances due to people climbing on the rocks where their nest is located, so far so good for round two. P.S. Watch out for gulls nesting if you ever want to check a BLOY nest, because they will dive-bomb you!

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I have noticed that the BLOY located farther north already have chicks almost the size of the parents, while many in Santa Cruz have younger and smaller chicks. I don’t know whether it is just this year or if this occurs every year, but we will find out after a few more years of data.

Although the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) event at my site in Elkhorn Slough has passed, I have been planning IMBD for Fort Ord and this year will be their first! It would be wonderful (although much more work) if Natural Bridges and/or Wilder Ranch would get back to me about also doing their own IMBD. I am very excited to be planning another IMBD event, because although the first one I organized at Elkhorn Slough was somewhat successful, especially the second day, I now have experience planning and feel as though this next one will be even better. Hopefully there will be a larger turn out, since we will get the flyers out with much more lead time as well as to a broader range of people. I am working with Tammy from Fort Ord, and we already have almost everything planned out even though the event is not until September 17th! This gives us lots of time to make activities and gadgets for our event. I am very thankful to be working in an office with so many kind, wonderful people who are so interested in getting involved with what I am doing.

Ariana Pacheco
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