This week was another great adventure just like all the rest, but this week we got to share it with several people.
Aileen and Chu-yu, an intern/employee of EFTA, Andrew and Najia, archaeology interns with BLM, and several other students got to see what we have the wonderful opportunity of doing, and they shared something they love doing with us. The coolest thing this week was that everyone put differences aside and communicated, and between different programs and outlooks we were all able to put on a very successful outreach program for the kids. We taught them the reasons why Blanca Wetlands and other places are so important, not only to wildlife but also to us as a human race.
My favorite moment was seeing kids get excited to see a Red-winged Blackbird. I have been working in the field for a number of years now, and I have NEVER been as excited as these kids were to see such a common bird. Once again, I was taken aback by how lucky I am that I have had a life of constant outdoor exposure, whereas for some of these kids this was a major trip and maybe the highlight of their summer. I am so thankful that we were able to be a part of that.
To finish this week’s blog, I would like to thank everyone who traveled, short or far, to help make this event a success. It is because of people like you that we are able to get these kids excited and keep future generations conserving resources. I would also like to acknowledge that, although it can be frustrating, I thank the ones who created EFTA’s mission of exposing diverse youth to these opportunities. Not only is it a great feeling to show kids who may not otherwise know of these amazing places and jobs, but it’s great to know that we have made a difference in our community…which is something I might not have ever thought about doing, at least with this approach. So for the challenging times, the awe-inspiring moments, and the pure joy and exhaustion felt at the end of each week, I thank those who have helped me get here. And to those who have not done this kind of work yet, it’s a great fight to join.