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...

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...

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...

Human and Landscape History of Elkhorn Slough

This past Saturday the Elkhorn Slough held its final lectures for all the volunteer naturalists. The first lecture called “First Peoples” by Mark Hylkema focused on the human presence in the Elkhorn Slough and the surrounding areas. Mark Hylkema was a riveting and passionate lecturer...

Interpretation 101 and Natural Systems at Elkhorn Slough

This past Saturday February 14, 2015 the Elkhorn Slough had a lecture regarding “Communication Approaches Connecting with People,” with Monterey Bay Aquarium Interpreter Jim Covel and a “Natural Systems and an Introduction to the Animal Word” lecture by the Reserve Manager Dave Feliz. Even though I...

Elkhorn Slough’s Land and Habitats

The extended volunteer Naturalist Training classes started this past Saturday, February 7th, and luckily for me the training started off with what would be my favorite topic, “Land and Habitats.” The first presenter was Professor of Cabrillo College David Schwartz who gave a lecture on...

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...

Oystercatcher woes

Over the past few weeks I’ve been able to observe some of the obstacles that the Black Oystercatchers, or BLOYs, face. It has been an eye-opening experience that really allowed me to see how many challenges other species face when it comes to reproduction. It’s a...