Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a variety of different events such as a complete day in the visitors center, attended a staff meeting, as well as continued with my naturalist training class at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. While at the visitors center, I had a lot of time to get to know the exhibits better. This way I can conduct Spanish tours in the future, which is something that has never been done at the reserve.
Another important project that I am currently working on is translating some of their field guides and main brochure that has the map of ESNERR and other important information about the reserve. I am really excited about translating different material because now students who are not proficient in the English language can have a better experience while taking trips to ESNERR. Also, having a brochure in Spanish might attract more visitors who have been holding back due to not knowing how to read English.
While at the naturalist training class this weekend, I was given a full lecture regarding the different reptiles and amphibians as well as a lecture on birding that was offered by professional birder Clay Kempf. After learning about the different ways to identify birds we took a short hike around the reserve to practice. It was a very good experience being out birding with a professional because any question that I had Clay was there answer it. All of these opportunities that I am receiving are very important to me because one day I hope to pass them forward to other Latinos or underrepresented community members. This is so important because these community members have never been exposed to nature in a way that increases their knowledge and presents them a different perspective of nature.