Esta semana, practique hablando español y también quería practicar escribiendo, aunque será en otra oportunidad. Mi supervisor, Brian Hoeh se fue de vacaciones con su familia esta semana. Debido a esto pude acompañar a mis compañeros Gabriela Wolf y Jhonnattan Valdes a su estación en Reedsport, la estación que está más lejos al sur de la que voy a trabajar.  Aprendí un poco de lo que ellos van a hacer durante su pasantía. Después conocí a Crystal Mullins, quien ha trabajado con el proyecto (western snowy plover) chorlito nevado por 15 años. Salimos en una camioneta, Gabie me dijo que este camión se llama Bruce y creo que ese nombre es perfecto, porque se siente como si estás montando un gran tiburón blanco!

             Fuimos a colocar unos avisos en las playas para informar a la gente de las áreas de anidación del chorlito nevado. Los chorlitos nevados son pajaritos chiquitos que viven cerca de las dunas, son cafecito como la arena y son muy difíciles de ver. Las dunas son un lugar popular para ir a montar en vehículos todo terreno. Los perros también representan una presión para el chorlito nevado ya genera intentos fallidos de anidación y fuga de nidos por parte de los padres, por lo que los polluelos necesitan a sus padres para regular la temperatura, obtener alimentación y protección.

Gabie y Jhonny también van a monitorear a los chorlitos nevados. Cuando fuimos a la playa a buscar los playeras no vimos ninguno. Pero el día antes vimos un chorlito de vientre negro forrajeo por la orilla.


           This week, Jhonnattan and Gabriela took me up on my request to practice my Spanish. We practiced a whole lot so I was inspired to write my blog in Spanish this week. My supervisor Brian was out of town with his family so I got the opportunity to tag along with them to their station in Reedsport and learn a bit about what they are going to be doing for their internship. Reedsport will be the southernmost part of the Oregon coast I will be going to during my internship so I was glad to get to meet Crystal Mullins, one of Jhonny and Gabie’s supervisors. She has been working on the snowy plover project for 15 years. After Crystal and I became acquainted, we walked out to meet Bruce! Bruce is an important part of the team, he takes us out to the dunes and allows us to check up on the snowy plovers. Bruce is a monstrous white truck. Its name is so fitting because I could picture the smiling fish friend from Nemo as I walked to get into it that first day in Reedsport.

            We drove around in Bruce to different sites to put up signs in campgrounds and at the beach that will inform people of trails, restrictions and of areas that are critical to the western snowy plover while they are nesting. Since the snowy plover is a small brownish bird that lives on the beach near the dunes, it is hard to see them sometimes. They also do not make a nest, they scrape a little hole in the sand and place a few shells around them before laying their eggs. The Dunes are popular for ATV usage and where people bring their dogs and families. They are very sensitive, if they are spooked they will abandon their nests and the chicks need their parents for warmth, protection and for help to find food.

        Gabie and Jhonny are also going to be doing some shorebird monitoring. We did go out one day to count but we did not see any that day. However earlier in the week, we did happen to see a black bellied plover foraging at the beach. We also got to see some snowy plovers running around. So it was cool to finally get to the beach and do a little manual labor! 

Categories: 2017 Interns

3 Comments

Jose Ortega · April 12, 2017 at 5:49 pm

Hola!! La historia estubo bien interesante,le gusto mucho a mamita y te manda muchos saludes.

Martin and Alicia

Ana Maria Ortega · April 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

jasmine he leido tu documental no saves que alegria me da y me siento tan horgullosa de todo lo estas logrando dios te bendiga y te ilumine mas besos tu ita

Ingrid Melvin · April 15, 2017 at 10:47 pm

Awesome to experience what you are learning, enjoy!!!

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