Babysitting snowy plovers also known as baby snowy plover monitoring, has been quite interesting. In the beginning of the week, there was three snowy plover chicks, by Tuesday morning there was only one (which is common since shorebird chick survival rate is only 20%), and that one has survived one more week. Apparently, chicks start fledging at a month, so this snowy plover chick only has two more weeks to go, unless he or she is an early fledgling. I will keep y’all updated on that one!
Transitioning from snowy plover babysitting, I am expanding my babysitting skills to a species that looks just like me, in little form: the little homo sapiens. The week coming up Los Angeles Audubon summer camp starts, so this week all Los Angeles Audubon staff has been prepping to have the camp run as smooth as possible prepping activities such as hikes, nature art, and other outdoor activities. This summer camp is free of charge and is really to give children an opportunity to experience nature and science, but also be able to give the summer camp experience to children whose parents cannot afford to pay hundreds of dollars to send their children to summer camp.
Summer camp only takes place for two weeks, so that is what I am going to be doing the next two weeks. I haven’t worked with younger children for five years prior to this internship and before I would have considered my strengths to lie in high school education, but with this internship, I realized elementary students are so spunky and curious, something that I enjoy. So here is to looking forward to the next two weeks, and transitioning from snowy plovers to spunky little homo sapiens.