Kayak Chronicle: Eco Tour Edition

Hello, nice to see you here!

 

I am back to share with my adventure of the week with you. To start this story off, we’re going to be traveling back in time, hope you’re ready because here we go. It was the very beginning of my internship, so we’re talking March, my supervisor had asked me if I would be interested in going on an Eco Tour with Ocean Connectors. It was gearing up to be an opportunity to get out on the water to visit the oceanic parts of the refuge and also get a look at the Eastern Pacific Green Sea Turtles that reside in San Diego Bay. It was scheduled for April and I was really looking forward to being able to kayak down in the south end of the bay and be able to meet some of the staff from Ocean Connectors. Well, turns out not enough people signed up for the April Eco Tour and we had to postpone and the next time I could make it out was at the end of June.

 

A roosting flock of Semipalmated Plovers, spotted from my kayak.

Fast forward to the present and my rescheduled Eco Tour is finally upon us. By this point in my internship, I have worked with Ocean Connectors down in Imperial Beach at the 13th street restoration site. So I have become familiar with the work they do and their education team. Since the beginning of my internship, I have worked down at the Chula Vista Wildlife Reserve, helping to monitor the colony of Least Terns that nest there. I have also worked with scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with Green Sea Turtle field work right in the spot where we were kayaking.

 

All of those experiences combined together during the Eco Tour, where I was able to help the other Eco Tour participants identify local birds and tell them a little bit about the turtles that reside in the bay.

This is a great indicator of how much I have learned throughout the course of my Environment for the Americas internship in San Diego. In addition, all the experiences I have gained with U.S. Fish and Wildlife this spring and summer are have been great in helping me find my footing in the early stages of my biologist career. All in all, it was a great outing even though we were unable to see any turtles and the water was pretty choppy. But kayaking for work is still pretty cool, no matter the conditions! I actually kayaked twice last week, but I’ll save the other kayak story for another blog:)

 

That’s all I have for this week, until next time!

 

-Janne

Janne Torres
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