Better Than A Perfect Day Out

When we first started this outreach program with schools that are barely on the map, I honestly thought we wouldn't make a difference. I thought that none of these kids would care like we do about the resources, the birds, or that we were putting...

Teaching Kids, and Learning About Myself

I feel like my goal in life is to make difference in this world, and it has been very difficult to feel like I am succeeding in this endeavor until now. Team Bug (the crew that is working out at Blanca Wetlands) has started our...

This is My Sanctuary, This is My Home

Another stressful semester of school has come and passed, and now it feels as if the air is still. Everything is relaxing from the high tension. Another bird survey has come, and as it was passing by this morning, I couldn't help but breathe in the...

If I Would Have Been Asked…

If I would have been asked when I was five, while I was making mud pies, riding horses, or throwing rocks into the irrigation ditches, what I would be doing when I was older, I would have said I was going to be a scientist...

Operation Initiation – Complete

Between school, trying to figure out a curriculum for the students we will be presenting to, and the typical Colorado weather, it seemed like we would never be able to get out to do a bird survey. But finally, after weeks of patience, the Blanca...

Shorebirds Surviving Mother Nature

Its funny how mother nature is, She does whatever She wants, when She wants to, Such as snow two feet in the middle of April and giving us more snow over the course of two days then we had all season. After shoveling the dense,...

Balancing Act

When a seed of a flower is first planted, that seed has to decide the appropriate time to germinate. If the flower blooms too soon, it may freeze, or be the first thing to be eaten by hungry animals. If the flower blooms too late, it risks...

Cherish the Craziness

Four weeks. To some, this sounds like a long time. To others, it's no time at all. For me, these next four weeks are going to be crazy. In the next four weeks my role as a student and intern will become increasingly more intense....