It is better to be prepared than sorry!

Last week was safety week at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office. I participated a whole day in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid training to refresh my memory on both topics. I have been taking both trainings for quite some time now and...

Summer has arrived, and so have the baby birds!

Finally, Salinas is getting some sunny and warm weather. It now officially feels like summer. Last week, I received a text message from my supervisor telling me that the Black Oystercatchers on Cannery Row in Monterey have hatched. It is a very exciting time of...

Bird Banding

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! I started mine off on Friday with a very exciting bird banding event at Fort Ord National Monument. Last year during the spring of 2017 Monterey Audubon partnered up with Ventana Wildlife Society and the Bureau of...

The Caspian Terns Have Arrived

Last month the Caspian Terns landed at Elkhorn Slough, and they have been a joy to watch! They are the largest tern in the world, and have a large red beak and a tail with only one fork. The body is white and looks like...

Celebrating Birds While Educating People on Disturbance

During the weekend I participated in World Migratory Bird Day at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz, California (http://www.parks.ca.gov). Natural Bridges is a park and a beach that consists of a Eucalyptus forest that provides habitat for Monarch butterflies, an intertidal zone, a coastal...

The Lone Red Knot

Featured Image: Breeding adult; photo taken from Merlin ID App; photographer: Mark Johnson.   This week marks the sixth week of conducting shorebird surveys at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, and a few weeks ago after surveying the usual suspects (Sanderlings, Western/Least Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Marbled Godwits,...

A Snapshot of Elkhorn Slough

Features Image: Semipalmated Plover in breeding plumage.   This past week I joined the Elkhorn Slough research biologists and a couple of volunteers to complete the Spring Waterbird Monitoring, also known as Snapshot Day. There is a total of four snaphots of the slough throughout the year,...

Celebrating Children and Earth Day!

Feature Image: watershed model used during event.   What a way to end my week this Sunday by celebrating both children and Earth Day at the same time. I was invited by the Elkhorn Slough volunteer coordinator to join the Day of the Child, which is a...