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!

Categories: 2017 Interns


Ingrid Melvin · March 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm

I am so happy that you have found your passion in life and proud to be a part of your journey. Keep reaching for your goals, and learn as much possible to teach me and others.

Jose ortega · April 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

Those are the words of someone that really “LOVES” what they do.
Jaz absorbed every little thing you can so you can teach us and learn so you can show everyone of how wonderful and beautiful nature is .
Keep up the good work and I’ll continue to read your blog.
Martin y mamita

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