Flashback time and/or throwback Sunday!! The featured image here is actually a poster in which a previous EFTA intern worked on (shout out to Hugo Ceja!!). Why bring this up though? One, for good memories and to recognize some outstanding work done by a previous intern now mentor, I also wanted to connect it to continuing work that is being done today!

Even though this was from a few years back, it still is working progress and a sample of what I will be doing. Since my main supervisor at BLM, David Ledig, has left to do some condor work for 90 days (sounds like fun, but I’ll miss him!), Bill Stanley is the man in charge now. He has asked me to do an educative panel to conduct some serious Black Oystercatcher outreach on drone usage and information about breeding season. I should have been done with it already, but that’s why this blog is an advocate for communication; especially if working with different supervisors. I say that because while I took the advice from the volunteer program at the museum of Natural History, my focus should have been another one; and I ended up working on a fact sheet prototype when I was suppose to be doing a poster. I should have gone straight to the source and asked my supervisor instead what I should have been working on. But hey, another skill to be sharpened; modify information to target your audience! I talked about it; now to do it! Yay!

And while on the subject of outreach, will start to be doing Bay Net, which is the other program that happens concurrently with Team OCEAN. So not only will I be making a difference on the water, but on land too!

Communication, whether among fellow scientists or to the public is key!! The essence of why we do what we do!

Until next time,



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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