Team Bug At It Again!!!!!!!

This week marks the second week of Southwestern Willow Flycatcher (SWIFL) surveys. Our mornings usually start at 4:00 a.m. and end at 5:30 p.m., depending on what we have going on for the day. This week was full of excitement as well as hard days...

David Sibley Comes to the San Luis Valley

What a wonderful week Team Bug had. We not only started the week off with an early morning Southwestern Willow Flycatcher survey, but we also had the amazing opportunity to meet David Sibley, the author of many North American bird guides. He is well known...

Outreach#2, Centennial at Blanca

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 marked the second field trip to Blanca Wetlands. It was AWESOME. I've never met a group of young men and women eager to learn about shorebirds and their habitat. Much like the Antonito group, these kids were fascinated by the variety...

Antonito Junior High at Blanca

Wednesday marks the first field trip to Blanca. The day started off gloomy with a little rain, but as time passed the rain started to fade out. We started the day with an icebreaker, playing Common Ground for about 15 minutes, and then transitioned to...

First Week of Outreach

This week was our first week of outreach at Antonito Junior High. It was frightening at first, but as time went on kids became more involved and more engaged. The 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were briefed on shorebird identification through a PowerPoint, following a...

Survey #2 at Blanca Wetlands

Last Sunday we had to postpone our survey due to snowfall. For some reason, May has brought Colorado more snow compared to December. Thursday, May 5th, also Cinco de Mayo, was our second shorebird survey out at Blanca. Unlike the previous survey, shorebirds were more...

First Day of Surveying

The first day of surveying shorebirds was a blast. The team was broken into two teams. Tayler Rocha and myself were one. Anjelica and Eddie were the second team. We were given ponds 16, 46, and 114. Pond 16 is a relatively huge pond, which...

Snow Snow Go Away, Come Again Another Day

This week was to be the start of our shorebird surveys, but due to snow falling in late April we were forced to postpone our survey until next week. On April 16, 2016, snow reports came in, and Monte Vista had received 20 inches of...