What do Black Oystercatchers and Vehicle training have in common? They’re both giving me valuable experience in the outdoor realm!!

This week I passed a Defensive driving course required for BLM, and it was really interesting. Even though the course spoke a lot of what feels like common sense, the truth is that it is a friendly reminder of things we tend to forget. Such things as “how valuable do we consider our lives and the lives around us?” or “we should make a conscience decision every day to be careful on the road, considering the possible hazards.”

And it’s the same in the natural world. A lot of things feel like common sense, but nature is a friendly reminder of things we tend to forget. Such things as “how valuable do we consider our resources and the wildlife around us?” or “we should make a conscience decision every day to be careful with the planet, considering the possible future.” Working with BLOYs and seeing all the disturbances they go through, not to mention the unfortunate circumstances of their eggs and chicks (won’t go into details, but it’s life and death; literally)- it really makes me think if we are truly aware of things that seem like common sense but are not. Things such as “keep your dogs on leash if this is an area of nesting birds”, or “do not feed wildlife.” Sometimes I think we need a course for how to better manage and act when out in nature, because a lot of what feels should be common sense, really isn’t that common.

 

And that causes a huge negative impact on wildlife, including the Black Oystercatcher.

But there are rays of hope; outreach and increasing awareness in the public; which is why I’m super excited to be working on a presentation/poster on BLOYS and drone usage, as well as other critical information that maybe should be common, but isn’t.  But that bit is for next week!

So keep your chin and head up high, with your eyes on the birds!

 

 


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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