For the first time the Forest Service in Lake Tahoe is reaching out to Hispanic families through owl surveys and the agency is doing it for many reasons.
Forest Service Civil Rights Officer Adrian Escobedo talks to children and parents at the South Tahoe Family Resource Center. He's breaking down barriers, like fear he will deport them.
"That is not our job, yeah. Our job is to show them the public lands and how to use them correctly," said Escobedo.
In addition to education, Escobedo is also trying to expand their career horizons beyond traditional service industry jobs.
"One of those is being a biologist or myself as a civil rights officer. Tonight, we will be hooting for owls," said Escobedo
Adrian's wife, biologist Rena is a good example.
"I did that for my job so you can practice that on the way over if you want," said Rena.
At dusk, they load into a van and head into the wilderness.
"Many of them talk about going somewhere else or going to the city where things happen and don't really realize that a lot of people wish they could be here and could be in their shoes," said Escobedo.
Many families don't even have cars so this is a treat.
On this ridge at 7-thousand feet overlooking Tahoe, they call for owls and whisper.
While they didn't find any owls on this trip, Escobedo hopes they did find new trust, career goals and appreciation for the forest that will shape the future.