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In 2012, EFTA began building partnerships with governement agencices and non-profirs to provide shorebird conservation internship experiences for Latinos. This internship program addresses EFTA’s desire to increase diversity within natural resources while conducting long-term bird conservation studies. This internship program was formerly known as Celebrate Shorebirds, but since then it has evolved and expanded. Although the past internship focused on shorebird and avian conservation, we welcome and have integrated any nature-based educational programs.
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Crane Festival 2013

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="713,714,712"] I am proud to say that I went to the Crane Festival this weekend!  I have lived in the San Luis Valley my entire life and have never attended this magical event until this year. It was really exciting to see how many...

Internship training wrap-up

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="725,724,727,726,728,731,729,730,732,733,740,741"] What do you get when you combine 8 interns, great weather, and 6 days of non-stop birding? You get our America's Great Outdoors internship training! To kick off the first full day the interns and EFTA staff attended a presentation done by Khara Strum, Waterbird...

Update from Hugo: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Before the week of our internship training, I had the opportunity to interact with many visitors of Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve that were visiting the reserve for the first time and locals that visit regularly. It was very exciting talking to individuals who were...

Internship training

Although a snow storm has prevented us from getting out to California during the weekend, we are now even more excited to be in the golden state! Today the EFTA staff is very excited to be meeting all of our America's Great Outdoors interns for...

Update from Lesly: Richardson Bay Audubon Sanctuary

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="635,637,636,657,638"] In spite of its urbanized location, Richardson Bay is one of the most pristine estuaries in the Pacific Coast. Nine hundred acres of open water are protected by Richardson Bay under the management of the National Audubon Society. Richardson Bay is an important...

Update from Hugo: week 3

The crab identification guide for Elkhorn Slough is a tool that students use to ID several different crabs that inhabit the slough. This past week I completed translating the guide which was an interesting project because it gave me an opportunity to review the different crabs...

Anjelica: Starting Week

The Blanca Wetlands host waterfowl and shorebirds by the thousands during nesting and migration periods. I was amazed to find out that over 150 different species of birds visit the Blanca Wetlands. Some of the most commonly seen bird on the wetlands include: pintail and...

Update from Lesly: Birding at Bolinas Lagoon

  [gallery type="slideshow" ids="559,605,607,606,604"] This weekend I went birding with my family at Bolinas Lagoon, a 1,100 acre coastal preserve in West Marin County, California. Millions of shorebirds and other waterfowl visit its pristine marshes and mudflats each year. Bolinas Lagoon is an important stopover point for...