Surveying and More!

This week we started surveying.  I’m still not a complete professional with the process, but it was nice to get the ball rolling and to get a feeling of what the next couple of months are going to be like.  We’re still working on some of the nitty-gritty details, but things should smooth out soon. The best part of surveying is getting to be outdoors among the beauty that Monterey County holds.

Besides surveying, I was also able to shadow a teacher training workshop at Elkhorn Slough Reserve.  This workshop is an 8-hour workshop for teachers who plan on bringing their classes to the reserve.  During this training they learn how to optimize their students’ experiences at the reserve.  It was really refreshing to interact with teachers that were willing to take some time out of their weekends in order to prepare for an awesome field trip!  I was also lucky enough to make some connections with some of the teachers who showed interest in having me come speak to their classes about the Celebrate Shorebirds internship and about other science-related topics!

I’ve also continued to spend more time outdoors going on walks with the docents and trying to soak in all of their knowledge.  I want to become the best naturalist and interpreter I can be so I can adequately communicate my passion for nature with everyone I encounter!

Teacher training workshop!

Teacher training workshop!

Butterfly! Identification pending

Butterfly! Identification pending

Last year's intern Hugo intently examining some scat

Last year’s intern Hugo intently examining some scat

Swallows making sure visitors don't go off trail

Swallows making sure visitors don’t go off trail

Amtrak passing through Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Amtrak passing through Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Identifying a hawk carcass

Identifying a hawk carcass

Anise Swalllowtail on CA Poppy

Anise Swalllowtail on CA Poppy

Anise Swallowtail

Anise Swallowtail

Otters at Jetty Road

Otters at Jetty Road

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