Today is my last day at Yaquina Head (YHONA).

Yesterday during the tide pool shift, we had the most magnificent sunset; a perfect ending to this internship. I am still amazed by the sheer beauty of this park. This morning when I clocked in, it hit me. I will no longer be a BLM volunteer after today. It’s a bittersweet feeling, but I know that I can come back and visit the friends I’ve made along the way.

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My final day consisted of my last tide pool shift, finishing up my evaluations, and meeting with my supervisor. Am I thrilled to leave? Yes. Will I miss YHONA? Yes. But I will keepsake all the memories I’ve made here! I learned how to be independent in Oregon, how to properly identify shorebirds, how to conduct research, how to connect with the public via interpretation…the list goes on and on. I was blessed with yet another opportunity in my life as the 2016 EFTA intern! Sayonara, people!

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