Yay for Environment for the Americas (EFTA)!

Have you heard about EFTA? What EFTA stands for and represents is creating a more diverse culture in conservation efforts. EFTA is based out of Colorado, where it has been inspiring and creating new conservation leaders for 10 years now. This year, 2018, EFTA has recruited 13 interns (including myself) to work and inspire people all over the USA and even Mexico, about conservation and preserving the natural world and its species.

My name is Ricky Martinez, and I was born and raised in southern Colorado. For my summer intern position I am stationed in Alamosa, Colorado, where I’ll be working with the San Luis Valley Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agency near the beautiful Sangre De Cristo Mountains.

This blog currently focuses on the first week and training for EFTA which took place in the gorgeous San Diego, California. During the training week we completed multiple shorebird surveys for species like the Western Sandpiper, plus many other shorebird species. The surveys being done are crucial because they help provide explanations as to why we are seeing declining populations in shorebird arrivals during the migration seasons. Also it helps questions arise, such as what could declining shorebird populations mean and how does that affect people.

As more data is collected and more conservation efforts are being continued, together we can increase the quality of ecosystems, and the quality of life for the birds and people. Please continue to follow EFTA and the blogs being posted to stay updated with important information and to see the crucial efforts that are being done to help make the world a better place.

See you next time!


Ricky Martinez

Im Ricky Martinez Metropolitan State University of Denver Alumni (BS Biology). Also I am a SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps Alumni (2016-2017). I currently am interning with the San Luis Valley Bureau of Land Management. I consider myself an ornithologist and I love birds.

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