There are rare moments one gets to experience that simply leaves them in either absolute awe or simply speechless. That was my reaction when I first arrived here at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. From the wonderful views and history to the vibrant environment present here, it all seemed too good to be true or real. Although, there was one aspect of this place that stood out from all the rest–the people. From the first week here I saw that everyone here wears more than one hat. Whether that be a tour hat, a ranger hat, or an education hat, the selection seems to be a decent one.

         This summer I am lucky enough to be a part of this great team as this year’s Environment for the America’s intern. My name is Robert Vargas and although environmental education was not always originally on my career list, it quickly became my most rewarding path. It’s one thing to read facts and figures about birds and tide pools, but to convey those concepts to the public, of all ages and backgrounds, is where your knowledge is truly put to the test. Especially the kiddos who always seem to think of questions no one else in the science community has asked yet. That’s why I’m thankful to be a part of both the Environment for the America’s nonprofit organization as well as the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, to help further bridge the gap about the roles birds and other organisms have in our world that people may not think twice about.

          So, just like the shorebirds migrating great distances from the southern hemisphere, I too have made my way up north to a place that I’ll call home for the next few months. Thankfully, though, the final destination and the flock that greeted me here was so wonderfully welcoming that the initial fear of being in an entirely new place faded away rather quickly. So here’s to the exciting future ahead and I hope that you, yes you, will come along with me to experience it all. After all, birds of a feather gotta stick together.

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