I have now been at my internship site for 5 weeks, time has gone by so quickly! I have really hit the ground running and last week was full of meetings, conference calls and Eagle watching.
During the week, I had the opportunity to meet with our Executive Director, Susan Bonfield while she was at the Bureau of Land Management, which happened to be about 3 blocks from my office. There she presented a webinar to the Education and Interpretation Leads for various BLM field offices across the country. I learned so much just sitting in on her presentation, from finding out that the population of the Willet increased after the Migratory Bird Treaty to various ways proven to increase Latino participation in our events.
At the Earth Conservation Corps, I am coordinating their outreach and inhouse programs. One of my first tasks when I started in January was to email EVERY public school in Washington, DC about our Anacostia Raptor Watch Program. And I did, in one day I sent over 100 emails to principals listed on the DCPS website. Since then I have received many responses from schools interested in our programs and I fill my week with conference calls or visits to schools with our Master Falconer Rodney to explain out programs in depth.
One of the best parts of our Raptor program is the opportunity to watch our LIVE EagleCam. This is a part of a citizen science project where we have students watch the live feed and submit their observations online through a survey I created. After our EagleCam goes public in the coming weeks, anyone will be able to watch and provide their observations. I’ve been on Eagle watch duty capturing shots of Freedom and Justice in their nest as they prepare it for their eggs and waiting for the day the first one is laid. It’s so exciting!