Birds are fascinating creatures that have captured my attention for as long as I can remember, and it is great that I will be able to work with them as part of this program. There is such a rich diversity of sizes, shapes, colors, and species that have unique behaviors and places they call home. I don’t think I’ll ever grow bored of learning about them. I have explored many career fields interacting with birds, ranging from animal production to wildlife rehabilitation and I am excited to be able to apply what I know into conservation research. I was born and raised on Long Island, New York but going west is no new experience for me. I earned my degree in animal science, with an emphasis in avian science, from the University of California at Davis and I am excited to travel back to the west coast, only this time a bit farther out.
If someone were to have asked me what I would be doing post-graduation right after commencement, I would have never guessed I’d have this opportunity ahead of me or that I’d be heading this far away from home. I never back down from new experiences and when I saw the chance to conduct field research on birds, I immediately jumped at it. I have an ever-growing passion for wildlife and the great outdoors and it’s awesome to be able to explore my aspirations through Environment for the Americas. My time in Alaska will be quite the experience, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for me in Cordova where I will be stationed. Hello my name is Alex Flores and I’ll be your 2017 Chugach National Forest Intern.
“The mere thought hadn’t even begun to speculate about the merest possibility of crossing my mind”
– Douglas Adams