My internship location site is at Siuslaw National Forest on the Central Coast of Oregon. In 2012 I had the opportunity to live and study in the Willamette Valley, which is about two hours from my internship location. So, I am familiar and comfortable with this rainy place. The last time I lived in Oregon, what I enjoyed the most was the climate and its diverse ecosystems. It pleases me to be here for this season because I am going to enjoy all the good things that I remembered from here.
One thought I had about my accommodations at Siuslaw was: I am very lucky of that I am an intern here, living nearby the ocean surrounded by the Northwest temperate rainforest and Oregon Sand Dunes. Already, during my first hikes around the area, I was able to observe a good diversity of birds. I was especially excited about the first bald eagles and western snowy plovers we observed at our first scout of the beach when we helped to install conservation signs in the nesting area, as well as the two different species of salamanders: Columbia Torrent Salamander (Rhyacotriton kezeri) and Dunn’s Salamander (Plethodon dunni).
The first week at Siuslaw was a good opportunity to read information about Oregon Sand Dunes ecosystem, understand our duties as interns and become familiar with the location. It was also, a good opportunity to meet my supervisors; they have been very supportive since the beginning. I really appreciate that they encourage us to develop our own shorebird survey protocol, and also they considered our ideas in a meeting we had with people related to outreach education for the conservation of western snowy plovers.