The Red Knots

"Where is she from?" Pointing in my direction, the student cocks her head. The sun has taken its hold on my skin; I am officially tan again. Coupled with my above-average ability to roll my R's when teaching the kids words like "Chorlo," Oystercatcher in Spanish,...

One Survey Ends, Another Begins

As Carlos and I are nearing towards the end of our shorebird surveys at Ballona Creek, and our numbers have drastically dropped from an average of 300 hundred to just about 30 shorebirds!! I guess our fellow intern, Erica, who is in Alaska has received...

Let the Avocets come peaking in

[gallery type="square" ids="5032,5033,5031,5034"] School always boils down to that one week where you remember how much you should have paid attention and apparently did not...

The Initiation of Shorebird Surveys in Alaska

I have been really lucky with the weather we have been getting this year. The sun has been out and the shorebirds are arriving fast! Yesterday was my first day surveying, I saw a few shorebirds- 13 Least sandpipers, 2 greater yellowlegs, and 1 black-bellied...

Earth Day at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

This Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in an Earth Day event at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I had a table set up with information regarding Snowy Plovers and about the migration patterns of some birds that use the Pacific Flyway. There were also handouts...

Snowy Plover Nest Adventures!

This week Carlos and I went out to the Moss Landing Wildlife Area with Carleton Eyster. As we were walking on the main levee towards Carleton we stumbled upon a Snowy Plover nest! I feel so fortunate that we saw it when we did because...

DUCKS!

The snow slowly fell and began to cover the ground below. I stared into the horizon as the sun began to make its appearance. The sun light reflected across every tiny snow flake, making each one sparkle as it crossed my eyes.  Suddenly, I hear...

Shorebirds

Large numbers of shorebirds are starting to arrive as we proceed; shorebirds by the thousands are making their appearance in Elkhorn Slough. I can't believe how much of a bird expert I am becoming , I could now easily identify almost all of them without resorting...