This last weekend was really fun. It was also really hot. 91 degrees in late September, but the heat didn’t keep many from coming out to the second IMBD event in Lafayette, CO. This last weekend I had the pleasure of working with some great people and great organizations at the second annual IMBD Celebrate Migratory Birds at Waneka Lake. The event hosted more organizations, more activities and brought an enthusiastic and engaged audience out to the Waneka to learn about and appreciate the migratory species found here at the lake. I’m happy and excited that IMBD is being celebrated in my home town of Lafayette, and the best part is that I helped and was part of it! Last year, IMBD at Waneka Lake was on of the very first events that I was a part of as a shorebird intern. I remember how I felt that day, I was nervous and wasn’t sure what to expect. I was in charge of the crafts station and also of representing EFTA. Luckily, I had people who helped with my stationed and made the event very pleasant and fun.
This year, I felt much more in control and comfortable during the event. I was comfortable with my ability to engage and take something as simple as crafts, and still making it educational and interconnected to the theme. I was able to lean on a lot of the training and experience I had gathered from my year of working with EFTA. I was able to see how much I grew as an environmental educator and as a presenter. I knew more about the topics, I felt confident in what I shared with people and I knew I had made some lasting impressions on some folks. This event got me thinking about how great is it for me to be able to move on to the Denver Zoo and build on the foundation of skills and knowledge that I gained with EFTA. I’m looking forward to what the future holds and how much more I can contribute to the work that I enjoy doing more every single day.