Hello! My name is Lily, and I am very excited to have been chosen for a six-month internship with Environment for the Americas (EFTA)/http://www.environmentamericas.org). EFTA is a non-profit organization located in Colorado that gives Latinos/Hispanics like myself the opportunity to get involved in bird conservation, education, and bird watching throughout the Western Hemisphere.
I will be working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve (http://www.elkhornslough.org/) located in my own backyard, the beautiful Monterey County! Monterey County is home to hundreds of species of birds and marine life, including the fluffy Southern Sea Otter found right off the coast in the kelp forest. The diverse wildlife is made possible because Monterey County is part of the California Coastal National Monument and National Marine Sanctuaries. It is also “one of the most popular scenic routes in the world;” therefore it is very important to work together in protecting natural structures and wildlife to conserve the biological diversity for generations to come.
My focus during my internship is to conduct shorebird surveys at Elkhorn Slough, as well as to get involved with various bird projects with BLM including kayaking for public outreach regarding marine life, coordinating World Migratory Bird Day, and doing bird research, to name a few. This experience will help me reach my goal of becoming a wildlife biologist, as I have always enjoyed the outdoors and my fondest memories as a child are of spending time at the beach, searching for shells and looking at birds.
I am looking forward to sharing my journey with all of you. Even though I grew up in Monterey County, I will also be exploring and learning new things along the way!