View from the top of Mnt. Hebo in the Siuslaw National Forest

Building Connections for a Better Future

  My last evening campground presentation took place this past Saturday at Cape Lookout State Park. I was not sure how many people were going to attend and felt more nervous than the first time I presented. Maybe the fact that it was going to be...

western snowy plover chicks, the second nest to hatch at Sitka Sedge nesting site.

The Sparrow-Size Shorebird Lays Grape-Size Eggs

Once upon a time there were thousands of sparrow-size shorebirds all along the sandy beaches of the West coast, including Washington, Oregon and California even down to Baja California in Mexico. They used to breed in over 29 sites down the coast of Oregon and...

Visitors gathered at the amphitheater for the Western Snowy Plover evening campground presentation

The importance of interpretation and field work

  A year ago last Friday I would have never imagined that I will be giving my second evening campground program and my first presentation on the Western Snowy Plover in front of large crowd, at least to me it felt like it was. Last week...

Visitors enjoying the waterfall and the suspension bridge at Drift Creek Falls Trail

Reconnecting with Each Other and Nature

  A song that I’ve listened to countless times in the last week is “Connection” by One Republic. It made me think a lot about how interacting and connecting with people may require lots of energy and maybe even more effort for some people than others...

Celebrating world oceans day by sharing information about the snowy plover

The Power of Interpretation

  I cannot believe that July has arrived and that it’s been four months into the internship already! With summer already here, there are also more opportunities to engage with the public at the trails or at other unique learning environments such as the Oregon Coast...

EFTA interns standing outside the plover enclosure area during the shorebird surveys

The EFTAs on a Mission!

  It is always an exciting week when your fellow EFTA interns join you for a day to do shorebird surveys! I was happy to see Christine and Edder again and to have the opportunity to go for a walk on the beach and look for...

WMBD at Cape Perpetua Scenic Area

Celebrating Birds at the Cape

Summer is practically here and with the warm weather comes more opportunities to engage with the public about everything bird related and about the Siuslaw National Forest. It also means more time out in the field to check on our Western Snowy Plover friends. Last...