As an avian ecologist within Point Blue’s Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, my work is primarily monitoring and researching the western snowy plover population in Monterey Bay.
I graduated from CSU Monterey Bay in December of 2015 with a degree in Biology. During my undergraduate career, I interned with Point Blue Conservation Science studying sea bird diets and Western Snowy Plover populations. The more I learned the more interested I became in studying birds. After graduation, I began working for the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County, continuing to monitor the population of Western Snowy Plovers along the Monterey Bay coast and bio-monitor for the Salinas River Stream Maintenance Program assisting in flood control for the local farmlands. I then transitioned into working with Point Blue Conservation Science, furthering my involvement with the Western Snowy Plover program. I am incorporating my work with Western Snowy Plovers into my Master thesis, looking into how adults react to different predation.
Outside of the field, I enjoy spending time outside hiking, camping, and exploring the coast. I also enjoy more indoor activities like sewing, knitting, baking, and drawing. Occasionally you can find me watching an opera or a musical as I am a bit of an old lady at heart. I’ve recently started a garden in my front yard that I’m hoping will be bountiful.
Email: Esther Haile