Bon jour everyone! This week was especially busy at Elkhorn slough, with a participation in the open public event called Take it Outside California! This is actually a statewide invitation to participate in local events that occur outdoors and in nature; from picnicking to scavenger hunts and hiking. This is a great way to encourage families and the public in general to take initiative to release from daily stress and overwhelming technology, and to take it outside and explore nature!


The event was this Saturday, and as the bird person, that’s exactly what my booth was about. I had games that matched the beak/bill of the bird with the type of prey item it ate, as well as coloring pages, information about the slough and some of the cutest plush toys you could find. Even though the weather wasn’t the best, we had large groups of children, including some girl scouts and boy, do they love coloring and card games! It was actually really cool to notice the diverse depths of knowledge in these young ones, from no apparent fact of birds at all to one little girl that was talking nearly non-stop, saying how for raptors “it’s so cool even though they’re only four years old, they almost look grown up.” There was even a young boy that seems to be striving for a mention in the guinness book of world records, with an admirable list of reptiles that show he’s well on his way to becoming a future herpetologist.

And for a final note; (this is specifically for you Daniel!) I finally got picture of dunlins and YES, I’M SURE they are!! Look at the black belly!! Shorebird surveys are still occurring, but nearing that last bit of their tail (haha, tail, birds.. ) of the migrating fowl, so numbers have really diminished.. for now.



Until next post- sorry if the blog is a bit short and scarce on pictures, but if you have an issue with that, then take it outside!! 🙂

Categories: 2017 Interns

Marysol Alvarez

Hello everyone!! I'm a recent CSUMB graduate and hence fresh marine scientist! I'm super excited to start this internship with EFTA and use my learned skills in real life, particularly in a field of interest!! Born in Santa Cruz, raised in Watsonville, Christian and total animal lover (particularly aquatic :), I hope you enjoy my blog as I write about this new adventure! cheers, and GOD BLESS!! ^_^/

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