Hello there again to the public and anyone else that may follow the Environment for the Americas (EFTA). It’s your EFTA intern Ricky Martinez serving the people and the environment here in the San Luis Valley, or Alamosa Colorado to be specific. I am working on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands the gorgeous Blanca Wetlands to be specific. This blog will explain how I wrapped up the month of June and talk about how amazing the month of June was.

The last week of June included a visit out to the dust collection site, South Western Willow Flycatcher (SWFL)surveys, on outreach program with 90 kids at the Blanca Wetlands and a full day driving across the entire south part of the San Luis Valley reading rain gauges and installing new ones.

June with the BLM was an amazing month filled with trainings and tasks that included being in the field a lot. Now that it is summertime the public is okay to full out recreate on the public lands. So it is our duty to make sure people are following the rules as they should and that the land is being used safely and properly.

The last week of June was packed with fun and diversity we did our SWFL survey and saw a good amount South Western Willow Flycatchers in the willow habitats which was a great sign that the habitat is suitable. My BLM teams also after the survey caught several species of snakes and frogs to use for the outreach day and the kids loved it. June is field season and that is definitely what it has been lots of fun outdoors.

Stay tuned for the planning of the month of July which will be another month of exciting adventures. We are also starting the part two of the selenium project now that it will be approaching the birds fall migration here in a few months. We will also be starting up with our shorebird surveys. Stay tuned to see what is going on out at the Blanca Wetlands and what species we are seeing out there. Thanks see you all soon!

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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