Right Around The Corner!

What a week! International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) is just around the corner (tomorrow and Sunday!), and I have been doing tons of work to be ready for it. Today it happens to be raining, but I am hoping it will clear up a little for...

Fun For All and All For Fun!

This week I got to do a few community outreach events. Elkhorn Slough was involved in an event held in Watsonville called El Nino Day, which was also a celebration of Earth Day. At this event many different organizations set up a table with information about...

Red What? Red Knot!

"I said a bird, bird, bird is the word. I said a bird, bird, bird is the word." This week I had the privilege of seeing the endangered Red Knot in its breeding plumage at one of my sites in Elkhorn Slough! As I had this...

Bird Nerds

Each time I go out to do more bird surveys I enjoy it more and more. These creatures are so amazing, and as I get more comfortable I am able to recognize different species by specific behaviors, and even calls sometimes! The flocks of Western Sandpipers...

Oh, How Silly the Weather Can Be!

Wednesday was a nice and toasty day (92.5 F) out in the field, doing shorebird surveys with one small, wispy cloud in the sky - I will no longer forget to bring the sunscreen with me. Luckily, I had one volunteer with me who could tally...

The Sky is the Limit

This year the bird surveys at Elkhorn Slough were started a little late, but I finally got them started this week by myself, whew! A little scary, but really fun, and I get to challenge myself and my knowledge. I am excited to see how...

Rising with the sun

This week was filled with many beautiful birds, from least and western sandpipers to black-bellied plovers and Black Oystercatchers - not to mention lots of cute otters too. My shorebird surveys are about to get started and I can't wait, although I am a little nervous...

Such a beautiful place!

Where the freshwater meets the ocean, Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserve. Today was a nice and warm, sunny day spent at Elkhorn Slough refreshing my bird ID memory. (What's the one in the picture?!) I have visited Elkhorn Slough many times, however I have never seen...