Oak Ambassadors go birding with Audubon guides!

Oak Ambassadors go birding with Audubon guides!

On March 7, 2020, Oak Ambassadors-in-training from Vineyard Elementary School, Santa Margarita Elementary School and Ocean View Elementary School enjoyed a morning bird walk at El Chorro Regional Park with Morro Coast Audubon Society Education Committee volunteers Kaaren, Freddy and Sue as their guides. Here’s the list of birds we observed:

Red-shouldered hawk
Nuttall’s woodpecker
California towhee
European starling
Wild turkey
Oak titmouse
Turkey vulture
California scrub jay
House finch
Crow
Cooper’s hawk
Black phoebe

Attendance: 18 youth + 16 adult = 34 + 3 Audubon leaders.

 

Meet the LATO Interns!

Meet the LATO Interns!

LATO is largely powered by a great team of interns, volunteers and partners. Meet the Fall 2017 LATO interns, Nathan Sharon and Amber Williams. Nathan has been an invaluable asset to LATO for many years as an alumni and a natural leader; Amber is brand new to LATO though quickly becoming an amazing asset to the program, too.

My name is Nathan Sharon and I am in my 2nd year at Cuesta College. I am studying anthropology and archaeology, with an emphasis on Native American cultures. I went to Santa Margarita Elementary School, and have been benefiting from and involved with LATO my whole life. I was an Oak Ambassador in grades 5 and 6, and this is my 3rd year helping to organize hikes and train new ambassadors. Beverly and the Land Conservancy have been some of the biggest and best influences on my life, and I hope to continue being involved as long as I can. Watching these students grow into confident and competent young adults is the most fulfilling thing.

My name is Amber Williams and I am a 3rd year Biological Sciences student at Cal Poly, concentrating in Ecology. My plan is to become a High School Biology Teacher upon graduation. I grew up being absolutely fascinated with the world around me, and jumped at every chance I had to learn more about the ways in which it worked. I credit a great deal of my continued interest and success in my studies of Biology to the amazing teachers that helped build a foundation of knowledge to augment my natural curiosity, which is exactly why I am so excited to work with LATO. It is absolutely amazing to see the students’ faces light up when they grasp a new concept, and it is so rewarding to be a part of that process.

Oak Ambassadors go to Camp Natoma

Oak Ambassadors go to Camp Natoma

Oak Ambassadors representing Santa Margarita School and Ocean View School headed out to Camp Natoma, located in the Adelaida area W. of Paso Robles, on July 13,2017 to present a birding program for kids at Camp Natoma.  Our audience included kids from Branch Elementary School. We shared “The Return of the Condor” story through a skit developed by Cal Poly senior project students Kelsey Tigh and Natalie Ifland in 2016. We also used Cal Poly bird specimens to teach kids about what a bird’s physical features, especially the beak (scientists call these bills), tell us about the bird’s diet and lifestyle. LATO intern Nathan managed the program with assistance from parent volunteers, awesome Oak Ambassadors and Camp Natoma Staff. Camp Director Emily Zbin and staff members Hillery and Heather gave us a very warm welcome and we hope to return next summer. Thanks to all!