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.


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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