When it comes to conservation, there is no mountain high enough and no valley low enough to keep the Environment for the Americas (EFTA) interns from fulfilling their goals.

Hi there again! It is I, Ricky Martinez again, coming to you with a new weekly update about what is going on in my world of conservation. I just completed my first week of work with the San Luis Valley Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and boy was it packed with awesomeness.

First off, the mission of the BLM is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The San Luis Valley BLM is located in southwestern Colorado, Monte Vista to be exact. These lands are extremely beautiful as they are surrounded by the wonderful Sangre De Cristo Mountain ranges. Secondly, the valley is home to many species of wildlife, and the San Luis Valley BLM is working around the clock to make sure that the wildlife is protected in their habitats as well as making sure the public is enjoying the lands and using them properly. As you would suspect, this is an extremely challenging around-the-clock task.

So what is my role in working with the San Luis Valley BLM? The spring season is underway which also means birds are migrating from their wintering grounds to their breeding grounds. One of my many tasks includes doing shorebird surveys at one of the BLM’s protected wetlands, the Blanca Wetlands. This week was my first site visit to get to know the area and I saw two Killdeer (a type of shorebird species) and many other species of birds, but I suspect the shorebirds are on their way as the Blanca Wetlands is a very important stopover site for a lot of species to rest, eat and continue their journey. Also, I reached out to several schools in the San Luis Valley to line up some environmental education outreach, as one of my goals is to reach as many young students in the valley as I can to teach them about the importance of getting outside and protecting our Earth and resources.

I would say this first week with the San Luis Valley BLM was full of fun and excitement. As larger shorebird populations show up at my site and education outreach gets a kick-start, I will have more exciting information to share with the public. Please stay tuned to be in touch with the awesome and exciting work being done out here in the beautiful San Luis Valley. Remember, little by little together we can make the world a better place.


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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