I am from the great state of Texas and I recently graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and a B.S. in Ecological Restoration, and because I once dreamt of joining the Peace Corps and going to western Africa, I minored in Rangeland Ecology and Management, and French.
Before this week, I had never been to the Pacific Northwest, but as I drove up with Isabel (the Yaquina Head Intern) I couldn’t help grinning and thinking “I know I’m gonna like it here”. For the next six months I will be working at the Siuslaw National Forest, I will be conducting surveys with another intern, as well as working with the local communities to help conserve their local bird species.
Besides conservation, I love making lists (grocery, to-do, goals, etc). So I thought I’d share a few goals and my progress throughout the year.
- Become a better birder by learning more about birds, their habitats, and their history in the area.
- Become a bilingual birder by studying Spanish guides
- Strengthen my Spanish and French as well as increasing my knowledge by reading non-english scientific articles
- Become a better nature photographer by learning the quirks of my camera, and always being prepared with a fresh battery pack
- Strive for creativity by delving into my creative side (coloring and drawing)
- Tell as many bird jokes as possible (especially the terrible ones)
- Keep a journal and record my progress
I know the next few months will be packed with new knowledge and experiences. I’m looking forward to meeting new people, growing as a conservationist, and exploring the pretty awesome state of Oregon.
See you in Siuslaw,