A Field Day of Play

Every day is a weekend play day for Oregonians in the summer2019 Intern Welcome Letter These were some of the words of encouragement written in the welcome letter I received after accepting my position here in Oregon. And even though it's not summer just yet, every...

Attack of the Slugs: Alaska’s Worst Nightmare

[caption id="attachment_8033" align="aligncenter" width="208"] I had no idea that conducting transect studies of the European Black Slug could be so deadly. The slugs even have sharp little fangs. "Slugs-film-poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia[/caption] The real European Black Slug, however, is not as frightening....

School’s Out!

We walked in the classroom, arranged the activity, and rushed down the hall to pick up the students; we all knew the drill by now! We had a few more students than expected, but after doing this so many times, we came prepared. This was...

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...

Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey

Even though my shorebird surveys are over, I'm happy that there are still opportunities to get involved in other types of surveys.  One of my survey volunteers recently told me about the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey.  COASST organizes citizen scientists to monitor beach-seabird carcasses at...

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...

The Newcomers

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing about myself in this blog. So, to shake things up for a change, thought you may be interested in a new subject: the up-and-coming professionals of the natural resources world. I hope you have your...

Kayak your worries away

[caption id="attachment_5697" align="alignright" width="250"] Here I am paddling through the Siletz Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This stretch of the route shows the progress of restoration efforts. The left side of the refuge is a recent addition from a ranch tract that was donated 10 years...