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Three presentations highlighted the high-caliber training received by PRBO interns.

Osher Symposium Success Stories

Sarah Huard

Guido Berguido, an Education intern at PRBO, shows children how to use a bird field guide. Photo by Missy Wipf

On October 7, 2004, more than 100 PRBO members, agency and foundation partners, and staff gathered at the Crissy Field Center for our annual Osher Symposium, recognizing the generous support of the Bernard Osher Foundation for PRBO's world renowned conservation biology internship program.

Three PRBO interns made presentations: Michael Rogner on Landbird Response to Riparian Habitat Restoration; Guido Cesar Berguido Franco on PRBO's Outreach Program Serving San Rafael's Canal Community; and Jane Van Gunst on Investigating Tidal Marshes of Suisun Bay.

The three PRBO presenters thanked the Osher Foundation for providing them with lifetime experiences as PRBO interns. Their talks highlighted the high-caliber training they received. Michael is currently using what he learned in a new role, PRBO Terrestrial Ecology Division biologist on the Sacramento River. Guido will take new skills and ideas back to Panama after his internship. Jane brings a wealth of knowledge about birds as indicators to her current position with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

We are extremely grateful to partner Amy Hutzel of the California Coastal Conservancy, who gave the keynote address on Restoration Work on Salt Ponds in San Francisco Bay: Challenges and Opportunities, and to the Bernard Osher Foundation for their continued support of our internship program.