Meet The New Intern At Yaquina Head – Hannah Motta

Hello everyone! My name is Hannah Motta, and I am this year’s Environment for the Americas Education & Outreach Intern for the Bureau of Land Management stationed at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. In addition to doing education and outreach at the park, I will be assisting Oregon State’s Seabird Oceanography Lab (SOL) in conducting seabird monitoring surveys of the Common Murre and Brandt’s Cormorant this summer.

About Me

I recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on life science, and a B.A. in Spanish with a focus on linguistics and heritage language education, as well as a minor in geography. During my time at the University of Oregon, I discovered a passion for environmental education while working as a facilitator for Aves Compartidas 2023. I taught a bilingual curriculum in Spanish and English about terrestrial migratory bird species between Oregon and Mexico. This experience ignited a new interest in birds, and I can now proudly say that I have become a birder.

Before Oregon, I was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and raised in Dallas, Texas. I grew up constantly playing outside and exploring my neighborhood creek, which eventually transformed into a passion for the natural world and led me to study environmental science and Spanish at the University of Oregon. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music of all genres. My top three have recently been reggaetón, country and house music. I love to hike, read, and swim (even though Oregon waters are usually freezing cold). 

Why Working At Yaquina Head is Cool

While working as an Education & Outreach Intern, my work here at Yaquina Head includes leading various interpretive programs about the tidepools and local birds, while working at our interpretative center and hiking trails. Although Yaquina Head only covers around 95 acres along the Oregon coast, this state park is classified as an outstanding natural area to preserve its natural, scenic and historic values. With diverse tidepools filled with critters, harbor seals sunbathing on Cobble Beach, gray whales along the coast, and hundreds of birds along the cliffs, Yaquina Head offers amazing opportunities for education and recreation.

I decided to intern with Environment for the Americas at Yaquina Head because of the opportunity to connect science, education, Spanish, and birds. Working at Yaquina Head is unique due to the ability to see so many seabirds in one accessible location. I genuinely believe that birds are some of the best animals to connect humans to nature, and my goals as an intern are to give people that opportunity while visiting Yaquina Head. I’ll be able to expand my knowledge on local avian ecology, but also further develop my interpretation skills as a recent graduate. I am looking forward to these next six months to learn more about the tidepools and expanding my birding knowledge, so follow along!

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1 Comment
  • Emily Wright
    Posted at 11:47h, 15 June Reply

    The harbor seals!!! Have an awesome summer.

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