Girl Scouts Return!

20160323_160019 (002)I survived the Girl Scouts! They were great. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that they knew a lot about plants already. They could even ID some native and nonnative plants! Every kid should have a basic knowledge of how plants grow and why they’re important and how they can be harmful. One concept most of them hadn’t heard of before was of “invasive species” but they picked it up quickly. They did especially well at determining how seeds get moved around by observing their structure. That was one of my favorite parts of the talk, seeing them pick up the seeds in their little hands and make the connections between form and function. So cool.

IMG_0357This week was my first Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival committee meeting. The festival celebrates the arrival of approximately 5 million migrating shorebirds to the tidal flats of the Copper River Delta on their way to their breeding grounds. The thought of seeing this in real life is giving me butterflies. From May 1st to the 16th, I’ll get to go out and survey these birds every day! I feel so lucky that I get to be a part of it. Cordova’s official festival runs from May 5th to the 8th­ and their International Migratory Bird Day is on Saturday the 9th. They have a lot of cool things planned like the Great Cordova Birder’s Challenge, presentations, guest speakers, art shows, birding field trips, and more??? I have a few possible festival projects that I’m mulling over but I don’t want to give any of them away just yet! Updates to come…

IMG_0058More fun stuff: Even though my body was telling me NOT to go outside in the rain last Saturday, I did anyway. It was beautiful. The wind would come in blasts and the rain was nonstop. I got soaked but it was totally worth it, standing at the edge of the water with the wind and rain slapping me in the face and the trees going wild, the mountains covered by a layer of fog. Next time I’ll wear my rain pants because that’s what smart people do. Also! On a little trip out on the Delta I identified a Redpoll! It looked to me like a Hoary Redpoll but it’s rarer than the Common Redpoll so I’m not certain. It very well could have been a Common because they can look very similar. Blast! Now this is going to bug me all weekend!

Christine Smith
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