May 18th was the date of the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Sponsor Recognition Ceremony and Reception held at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC. I felt important sitting in the first row of the ceremony, representing Environment for the Americas and the Earth Conservation Corps in front of Sue Bonfield and representatives from sponsor organizations of IMBD. At the ceremony, a broadcast from Canada’s Museum of Nature in Ottawa presenting the North American Bird Conservation Initiative’s The State of North America’s Birds 2016 was aired, and sponsors were invited to the stage to receive a gift for their support of IMBD. A light reception followed with Canadian wine, wine from Wisconsin featuring Canadian artwork, and a display of previous Federal Duck Stamp winners, bird paintings, and past IMBD posters, with this year’s artist, Lionel Worrell, there to sign our posters. This was a great opportunity to network with “every birdy” in attendance, but my anxiety got the best of me and I only spoke with a handful of people. Thankfully, I did have an opportunity to speak with Joni Ellis of Optics for the Tropics and Lisa Sorenson of BirdsCaribbean about my internship and the work the Earth Conservation Corps does in DC, before the event at the National Gallery of Art.

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