The Eggs Have Begun Hatching!

Last week I saw two Black Oystercatcher (BLOY) chicks, although I was so far away I was not able to see any details - only small black blobs stumbling around mom and dad. This week, however, I was able to see them close up and...

A Nice Day to Fall in the Water

Outreach at Elkhorn Slough via kayak? Yes, please! Over the weekend I got to go out for my first session of outreach in Elkhorn Slough by kayak. Elkhorn Slough gets so many visitors who love to kayak, paddle board, canoe, etc. along the estuary. Team OCEAN...

BLM Leadership Gets Together

This week was a spectacular one! The main event was on Tuesday, when our Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office held a BLM State Leadership Team site visit to the California Coastal National Monument from the Point Pinos to Asilomar State Beach area. Leadership personnel from all...

Unfortunate News, Followed by Good News

This week I took my family and some volunteers to see the Black Oystercatcher (BLOY) pair at Natural Bridges State Beach. I explained to them what behaviors they were viewing, as well as other fun facts about BLOYs - such as how they mate for life and the...

And the Fog Rolls in

This past week was filled with Black Oystercatcher (BLOY) monitoring as well as outreach to many first grade classes, and lots of fog. I have discovered this week that finding solitary and pairs of BLOYs can be somewhat hit or miss. Luckily, on the first day of...

Black Oystercatchers!

On Tuesday evening, I spent a few hours looking for Black Oystercatchers (BLOY) at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz and along West Cliff Drive, but I had no luck finding or hearing any. However, Wednesday morning I found the pair that is known...

On to New Adventures

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) with the Watsonville Nature Center was half a great turnout, half not. The bird walks held in the morning had lots of people on them; there were even enough to split some up into two groups! It was really great to...

Hooray for Bird Days!

iYa pasó la celebración del día internacional de las aves migratorias en Elkhorn Slough Reserva! Good thing we celebrated International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) at Elkhorn Slough both Saturday and Sunday! Why? Because, unfortunately, Saturday was overcast, rainy and cold so we had about a total of 10-15 visitors at the...