Spring is here! Recently, every time we do our shorebird surveys we observe new species that use the Siuslaw National Forest beaches as stop over sites in their migration route to their breeding grounds in the North. Last week we made three extensive surveys at Siltcoos Spit and South Jetty at Siuslaw National Forest. The presence of adult western snowy plover is increasing, especially in the habitat restoration areas. And, the most relevant observations were the presence of two Caspian terns and a pacific golden plover, species that are uncommon. But, also we observed a mixed flock of black-bellied plovers, red knots, dunlins, short-billed dowitchers, western sandpipers, sanderlings, whimbrels, marbled godwits and semipalmated plovers. It is curious that although Siuslaw National Forest doesn’t receive numerous large flocks, the flocks that choose these areas as stop over site are very diverse.
Last week we had the opportunity to observe Oregon’s marine life diversity when we assisted at a backstage aquarium tour at the Oregon Aquarium in Newport. We learned about the uniqueness of the Oregon Coast and the work people do in the aquarium to keep animals safe. I personally liked that the aquarium hosts a small number of animals according to the space of its facilities and the aquarium doesn’t focus on the concept of attraction, but only hosts animals that were born in the facilities, were rescued or can’t survive in nature. Next week will be busy because of a field ranger and interpretation training that we will have and the International Migratory Day event we have set up, but we are excited to be the first interns preparing this event at Siuslaw National Forest.