Featured image: BLOY poster used for interpretation; created by previous Environment for the Americas intern.
Today is officially the first day of my last month as an intern, and I have enjoyed every bit of it. I have been meeting a lot of people and learning a lot about Black Oystercatchers (BLOYs). These past few weeks I have been spending more time in BLOY territory and I cannot complain; it is beautiful. I am going to focus more on BLOY disturbance during my last four weeks at the Bureau of Land Management as these birds need all the help they can get.
It has been very exciting to see one of the pairs at Point Pinos in Pacific Grove thriving with two chicks. They are over a month old which is a record breaker for this pair since none of their chicks have ever lived this long within the last five years. I been spending time out with the BLOYs talking to people of the importance of giving them space and avoiding disturbing them by being compliant to warning signs posted up near their territory.
During my time with the BLOYs I have noticed that they are very sensitive when dogs come around. I ran into an owner with his unleashed dog near the BLOY’s territory and one of the BLOYs stood up on a higher rock and made calls looking towards the dog’s direction until the dog went far away. I have not witnessed yet, but I hear from other BLOY volunteers that they are easily disturbed by drones as well even when they are a far distance away.
It is very important when going out to be observational of any signs that might warn us about the wildlife there and rules to follow to avoid disturbing it. Ever since I started working with the BLOYs I am now making sure that I read signs when visiting outdoor areas. I grew up in this area and this is the first time I hear of BLOYs and their vulnerability with disturbance. I am talking to people and sharing my knowledge of these awesome birds with whoever is interested to learn.