Less Least Terns

This week we did another walk-through of the exclosure as we looked for possible nests and scrapes. We began the walk-through at about seven in the morning, and it took us a couple of hours to survey the site. During our time there we only...

Lost is an understatement

[gallery type="rectangular" ids="5211,5212,5215,5214,5216,5217,5213" orderby="rand"] For being a short week, this week has by far been one of the craziest! SWIFL Training (South Western Yellow Flycatcher) took the vast majority of our time. It was beyond amazing because our boss is such a great teacher. Half a...

Those Darn Crows

This week I had a very eye opening experience. I was able to join Tom Ryan and Stacey Vigallon in a walk-through of the Least Tern exclosure. We walked inside the exclosure, looking for possible nests, eggs, and scrapes. Scrapes are little ditches that the...

The Brooding Season

Yesterday was my first survey day working for Oregon State University. I'd be remiss not to admit that I've been looking forward to this stage of my internship for months; what is more exhilarating than watching Bald eagles swipe up Common murres from immense offshore...

It’s what I do!

Sunday Funday! I had the opportunity to go out with the seasonal staff, Stefan Armenta, to McSimpson to irrigate the land. I must say it was an experience to say the least. I have grown up on a ranch so, of course, I knew the...

Amazed

As I looked through my binoculars and spotted three large birds in the distance. They were very large white birds with black flight feathers and huge yellow bills. I could not believe what I was looking at...

Schools Visit and Least Terns!

This week was very fun, filled with a few firsts. I had my first classroom visit at Aldama Elementary School. Viviana Vallin, from the Audubon Center in Debs Park, allowed me to join her in her already-scheduled class visit. She let me present the Migration...

International Migratory Bird Day with Watsonville Wetlands Watch

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="5116,5117,5119"] On Saturday May 10, 2014 Carlos and I participated in a bird walk being hosted by the Watsonville Wetlands Watch program, an organization that advocates for wetland issues. We started the day by meeting up at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center, a neat...