…Where else will you find all those guys together but in San Diego for the EFTA training! This past week was something, and I never expected to be in the company of such great people or to have done so much. I wish to thank everyone at EFTA for putting together an awesome week of training and thank you to the guest speakers who came out for us.

I didn’t think we could talk so much about shorebirds, but we spent a chunky week on them with plenty left to learn. There were so many topics to cover and things to see that I’m hoping I don’t forget everything by the time the shorebirds get to Alaska. No time was wasted during our training and were on that shorebird grind from day 1. From presentations, to guest speakers, and to field observations throughout San Diego, there was always something to take in. What made it truly great was the many speakers and mentors present during the training. They were always there to answer questions and give out tips and tricks to be a successful birder. It was so helpful to have knowledgeable people out there with us. Some of them have worked with birds for years and they were a great resource to have. I definitely enjoyed being out in the field and there was plenty of opportunity to test what we learned at the birding sites we visited in San Diego.

And lets not forget about San Diego itself! The places we went to had so much to offer and we were fortunate to have nice weather the whole time there. The city was full of life and the locations we visited had terrific views. From the early morning runs to the late night hike and adventures, it was a beautiful place to see. I know I made the most of my time there and I was able to share some great experiences with some of the other interns. Ya tu sabes!

Alaska has been a great place so far and I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. Everyone else at their site must feel the same and I look forward to reading more about those adventures. See you in the next blog!

“I mean how do you know what you’re going to do till you do it? The answer is, you don’t. I think I am, but how do I know?”
“‘You’re going to have to find out where you want to go. And then you’ve got to start going there. But immediately. You can’t afford to lose a minute. Not you.'”

Holden Caulfield
― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Categories: 2017 Interns

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