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...

Moving Rocks

The shorebirds are coming in by the hundreds! I have never had to count so many birds in one sitting or location. I was extremely overwhelmed by the large quantity and variation of shorebirds at the Blanca Wetlands for the fall migration! After a couple...

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...

Looking Good For Least Terns

This week I participated in a walk-through of the Least Tern site in Venice, and we counted 53 nests! Most of the nests have been around for about two weeks, and they usually hatch at about three weeks. Then, it takes the chicks another twenty...

Exciting Things to Come

This week I have worked on more habitat restoration and I have been monitoring the Least Terns at the Venice site. We have started to plant native grasses at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in places where we have weeded. It looks great when all the...

Time flies when having fun!

[caption id="attachment_5499" align="aligncenter" width="224"] Deisy is not okay with 5 am surveys[/caption] [caption id="attachment_5500" align="aligncenter" width="223"] Sparrows Nests[/caption] I don’t think I am the only one that feels this way, but being Latina our motto is “Si se puede!” Whenever I am told I cannot do something,...