Earthquake in LA

This week Los Angeles experienced two earthquakes, one occurring on the Fourth of July and one the following day, on the fifth. The one on Fourth of July was said to be a foreshock with a magnitude of 6.2. It was centered in Ridgecrest, a...

Will They Start Nesting?

California Least Tern History (CLTE) The California Least Tern (CLTE) has been listed as an endangered species since 1970. They are migratory birds found along the coast from Baja California to Washington. They nest at beaches directly on the sand during the warmer time of the...

End of Internship

After more than two months as an Avian Intern, the end of my internship is right around the corner. As a means of sharing all of the elements encompassed within this internship, I presented my work and experience to the BLM office in Monterey. During...

Fluidity & Sustainability

Over the past month or so, I started organizing and preparing for a beach cleanup. Organizing a beach cleanup requires more steps and coordination than one may expect at first glance. Narrowing down to a shortlist of local beaches to clean was my first step....

Community Engagement

A major pillar of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve is community engagement. There is great significance in engaging local communities to inspire stewardship towards the natural resources in their vicinity. These engagements are important for conservation at a local and national scale because they create the...

Foundation to Success

Over the past few weeks, I have enjoyed observing the office dynamics in the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and in the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. The most prevalent characteristic I've observed is the willingness to help one another without hesitation. There is a genuine sense...

Community Scientists and Maps

During the course of my internship, I learned about Citizen Scientists, otherwise referred to as Community Scientists, a more contemporary term. Community Scientists are people volunteering their time and knowledge to various science efforts. The people volunteering come from a variety of backgrounds and hold...