Hey y’all!

I'm Mandy, a recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and the Celebrate Shorebirds Intern based in Washington, DC, our Nation's Capital.  Here in DC, EFTA is partnered with many organizations, including the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) where I'm serving as...

Week 13- Shorebird Education at San Pascual Elementary

As I write “Week 13” I am shocked how many weeks have gone by since all the interns departed from the training in San Diego. Throughout these past weeks I have grown to become a better citizen scientist and an environmental educator. Every work day...

Chenega Bay and Float Planes

“Can this plane do any crazy movements?” I asked. “Like what?” the pilot asked. “Umm, well the only one I know of is the barrel roll.” “Oh yeah, definitely.” “Really?!?” I asked. I was sitting up front in this small float plane so I could see the pilot turn the...

Week 4: That’s what it’s all about! at CARECEN

During our training in San Diego, we were introduced to many bird education activities including the Hokey Pokey-which was a fun way to bring our inner-child out. I was thrilled to end Day 1 of Spring Break at CARECEN with the game after an introduction...

Week 3- Green Spaces in a Major City!

Long, long ago before Los Angeles became a major city with a high population density, there was a wide range of habitats that maintained a rich biodiversity including wildlife like coyotes, mountain lions, and bears. Over the years, settlers came in and urbanization began through...

How Birds Dance

Cordova's Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is almost a month away, but preparations and plans are well underway.  I'm excited for the festival.  Even though I know I'll be busy with the Pacific Flyway project by then, I still hold out hope that I'll have some...

Going South for the Winter

My time in Newport has come to an end, but thanks to Environment for the Americas my adventure in Oregon is still on the horizon. I was invited to work under the auspices of Klamath Bird Observatory to band birds during the Fall migration. Within...