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...

Monterey Bay Youth Outdoors Day

It seems like every week I get to learn something new about my own county, and this last weekend was no exception. The Monterey Bay Youth Outdoors Day is a completely free event open to the public, with a focus on getting children interested in...

Fifty Shades of Green

  “This refuge is not as nice as the others because it is an urban refuge.” I find statements like this so dismissive of how important urban green spaces can be. I’m so surprised by just how much you can see at a city park. One of...

The Elkhorn Slough’s Silent Night Predators

“You can tell that the second call following the deep ‘hoot’ is a female because she’s finishing off his sentences. And because females always get the last word.” This was what Bruce Elliot, retired Senior Biologist Supervisor for the Department of Fish and Game, told...

Week 1: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds -Asteraceae Talk

It’s the first day back at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, but this time I’m a Celebrate Shorebirds Intern. At this site, LA Audubon workers (Carlos Jauregui, Brian Young, and Bryan Payes) and I manage restoration sites plotted across the park. We usually have walkers of...

Driving up to Oregon

As a city girl, driving through the northwestern parts of the U.S. was an eye opening experience. As we made our way up through California, the city-scape fell further back, giving way to large open spaces, farm land, and mountains. Having spent most of my...

This is the end….

Wow! I can't believe my time is up. These five months went by really fast!! I can honestly say I have learned a lot and gained a lot of experience that others can take years to gain. I am so thankful to everyone that made...

Benthic Invertebrates

A lot of my time at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve has been spent in the plankton lab that is offered to school groups as part of their field trip. It is a really neat lab because it allows students to interact with microscopes, something that...