About a week and a half ago, EFTA headquarters office hosted our first Jr. Birder activity! We offered this activity in conjunction with a nature day put together by Americas Latino Eco Festival (ALEF). As part of the upcoming ALEF festival in September, there are various programs focusing on the theme of nature and migratory birds. The idea behind this particular activity was to have a multigenerational (a senior care group, Circle of Care, joined families with children to participate in the day’s activities) nature day to learn, draw, and appreciate the nature and birds at Sawhill Ponds. Each participant was given a nature journal to observe nature and draw or write anything that inspired them. These nature journals will then be put on display at the Americas Latino Eco Festival in September.
We started our activity with our friend from City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Dave, who led a bird-walk throughout Walden Ponds. We brought extra binoculars and had fun stopping to let people track down the circling hawk in the sky, Red-winged Blackbirds in the cattails along the pond, and even a Great Blue Heron across the pond. The bird-walk ended up being a little longer than we anticipated (a little over an hour), so by the time we had walked to find a shady spot to do our kid activity, the kids were already a little anxious to go back to the picnic area for snacks. However, they did a great job with our song map activity! We had the kids sit in a spot where they could listen to the sounds around them, and the idea of the song map activity is to mark down where you hear a sound in relation to where you are sitting along with marking your surroundings. The kids did a great job! We heard a nest of baby birds in a tree, airplanes flying above, and a flock of geese flying into the water for a landing. I really enjoyed gaining more experience in working with kids and hosting kid activities, and I feel more prepared to lead the next one!