As Anita and I conclude our last week here at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, I begin to look back on all of our accomplishments and projects that we have worked on this summer. It was a pleasure working with the staff here at the South Bay, as well as with everyone in Jamul and at the Tijuana Estuary. I will truly miss the meetings and discussions, and the event planning we did. My favorite project I worked on this season would definitely have to be the outdoor learning classroom and garden that we helped create at Clara Barton Elementary. From spending hours in the rain digging up dirt and planting plants with the kids to attending the grand opening of the garden for the students and teachers, it was an experience I will never forget. I feel very honored to have been a part of this wonderful creation.
I also appreciate all the time and patience that Robert Patton had for Anita and I when he allowed us to participate in his endangered shorebird monitoring along with his colleagues this breeding season. I now have a greater appreciation and awareness for these amazing birds, and I can’t wait to spread the shorebird conservation awareness as this internship comes to an end. Cheers to an amazing summer, wonderful people, fun adventures, and memories that will last a lifetime.