Hello, my name is Jasmine Buries. I am one of three Celebra Las Aves interns traveling to western Oregon to work at the Siuslaw National Forest. I will be monitoring and educating people about federal and state threatened shorebirds and seabirds such as: the Marbled Murrelet, the Western Snowy Plover, the Black Oystercatcher and many others. I was born in Honolulu but I would call myself a Californian because I grew up in both San Francisco and San Diego. From a very young age, I knew that I wanted to take care of animals so I decided that I was going to become a veterinarian. I attended San Francisco State University and completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology. I loved my college experience because it not only ignited my lifelong passion but gave me new ways to express it. It introduced me to birds and ecology! I love animals but I also want to play a part in conservation. About two years ago, I worked with songbirds as a bird bander for the Klamath Bird Observatory. So I am no stranger to Oregon. It was an amazing experience! Living in a cabin engulfed by hundreds of trees, I fell in love with the Oregon air and the Hermit Thrushes singing. It was during this time where I realized that I love doing field work. I learned not only about the species we observed or caught, but about life as a bird. Birds are such amazing creatures and I love learning more about them. So I applied to an internship with Environment for the Americas (EFTA)! After a week of training for this internship with EFTA, I have already learned so much! For instance, what counts as a shorebird (birds you usually see walking along the shore or in a mudflat foraging for their food). I’m excited about what else I will come to learn during the course of working with EFTA and with the Forest Service!
I can’t wait to embark on this adventure. I hope you join me on my journey!