Written by Lesly Caballero Meet my supervisor Erin Cooper, Wildlife Biologist in the Cordova Ranger District of the Chugach National Forest! Erin grew up in Illinois with her family. Some of her fondest childhood memories include going on road trips … Continue reading
For the past couple months I have been spending a majority of my time planning our International Migratory Bird Day event, Walk in the Wild in Boulder, Colorado. Finally, after all the planning and preparation, the event happened on May … Continue reading
When teaching environmental education, it is important to have new, innovative ways of teaching to keep students engaged. This past weekend I was able to attend the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education conference, Teaching Outside the Box, where I learned all about … Continue reading
What do you get when you combine 8 interns, great weather, and 6 days of non-stop birding? You get our America’s Great Outdoors internship training! To kick off the first full day the interns and EFTA staff attended a presentation … Continue reading
Although a snow storm has prevented us from getting out to California during the weekend, we are now even more excited to be in the golden state! Today the EFTA staff is very excited to be meeting all of our America’s Great Outdoors interns for our week long internship training. In addition to meeting everyone we are lucky to be in one of the most beautiful locations for birding, Monterey, California!
While the internship training will only be a few days, our interns have a packed schedule that ranges from scientific field work to learning about community outreach. Tonight, our interns will have the opportunity to meet Jim Chu, Migratory Bird Program Specialist, from the US Forest Service! We are thrilled to have Jim join us, as he has been a large supporter of our efforts here at Environment for the Americas. Rick Hanks from the California Bureau of Land Management will also be joining us for our introduction session and in our field work. Additionally, our EFTA staff members, Natasha, Jon, and Sue, will be lending their expertise to our interns through workshops during the training.
Throughout the week we will be doing site visits to Elkhorn Slough, Salinas River National Wildlife Refuge, and Point Reyes Bird Observatory. Elkhorn Slough, a key site for migratory shorebirds, will be the focus of interns Hugo and Stephanie, both from Monterey, CA. At these sites interns will learn how to conduct bird counts, habitat surveys, bird identification, as well as enjoy all the beautiful sites California has to offer.
We will be updating the blog through out the week so make sure to check our blog/facebook/twitter learn more about what we are doing!