On Our Way Up

Snowy Plovers are a sensitive species and are very close to being on the Endangered Species list. The Blanca Wetlands is the largest breeding site for Snowy Plovers in the state of Colorado. During the field season of 2011, hundreds of Snowy Plovers were counted...

The Many Faces of a Blanca Wetlands Intern

I honestly believe that I have one of the best jobs in the world! I get to participate in protecting our environment and our natural resources while doing some awesome work. This year I have gotten ATV/UTV certified, helped give tours at the Blanca Wetlands,...

Cottonwood debris or Snowy Plover babies?

You make think this sounds like an exaggeration, but if plover chicks were to roll across the shoreline rather than scurry, I would have some serious issues with shorebird identification out on the wetlands. Since the day I started working for EFTA, I have been much...

Ducks can be Deceiving

I have been performing shorebird surveys at the Blanca Wetlands for about four years now and this spring I notice something that I have never noticed before; ducks acting like shorebirds! The Blanca Wetlands is filled with waterfowl during the spring migration and when you...

Learning is Occuring

I think I'm getting the hang of it! The Blanca wetlands that is. If you have never been there, or never even heard of it (both of which are highly likely) then you cannot even begin to imagine the complex "road" system that is out...

A Quick look at the Blanca Wetlands

[caption id="attachment_7128" align="alignnone" width="300"] One of the many beautiful views of Mt. Blanca from the Blanca Wetlands[/caption] The Blanca Wetlands were part of a restoration effort by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The Blanca Wetlands are naturally formed basins that were formed when the San...

And it comes to an end…

Mianna Maestas: Time is going by far too fast! I live such a chaotic life that it doesn't feel as though the festival was already a week ago! Considering that our office will be moving to Monte Vista, the last two weeks of my journey will be spent...