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...

My Summer Internship in Oregon Has Come and Gone

The summer has come and gone, and I am finishing my last week at the park. Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area quickly became a second home, and I'm sad to say goodbye. I can tell I will be homesick the moment I leave the Oregon...

OSU H4 Summer Camp

Oscar and I are feverishly putting together the final touches of what will be the Mona Lisa of our summer. The masterpiece of interpretive work is a 3-day program for campers of the OSU H4 summer camp and will, essentially, provide the students an opportunity...

Black Oystercatcher Disasters

Part of my Environment for the Americans (EFTA) internship is doing Black Oystercatcher monitoring to determine nesting success alongside the California Coastal National Monument (CCNM), Bureau of Land Management California (BLM). For the past few years, the BLOY pairs in Pacific Grove, CA have not been...

Adding Experiences to the resume

On Thursday of last week I had the opportunity to venture into the waters of the central Oregon coast on board a research vessel with Oregon State University scientists. For a person whose scientific background has been mostly on organisms that live primarily on solid...

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...