Okay I promise Joshua Tree National Park will be next week…
But for this week, lots has been going on as usual. Very very busy with Los Angeles Audubon. About three weeks ago I had established a somewhat routine, but the last two weeks did not follow that at all, so it was interesting to get back into that routine this week. There are still so many events to prep for and so many different things that are coming up from tabling, to outreach, to education, and shorebird surveys… It has really been quite a handful. However, with that said, children never fail to amaze me.
Ballona Wetlands is a private ecological reserve that is only open to the public the first Saturday of every month. Aside from that, only educational programs take place there led by Los Angeles Audubon mostly. A different school comes roughly every Tuesday and Thursday, and it always fills a lot of my heart with warmth. I love seeing small children enjoy the outdoors and ask questions. This last week, I was placed in the“bird station (there are four stations total in these trips, all with a different activity), so we set up scopes on birds for the children to be able to see and we just spill out bird facts. Well it was such a great day to bird! There was so much to see. There was a mixed flock of sandpipers (western and least), semipalmated plovers, of course the famous willets, marbled godwits, black-crowned night heron, a great blue heron and its’ nest,and last but not least an osprey perched on a log for two hours, so all four groups of children were able to witness close up the beauty of this bird. With so many things to see, there was so much to talk about, but of course the osprey took most of the attention. Good thing I know so many raptor facts from interning at the Living Coast Discovery Center.
The children were filled with so many questions and would ask before I would finish dishing out all the facts. I appreciated their critical thinking and questions. With so many birds around, we were able have them compare and contrast the beaks and feet of birds. Considering there was a raptor up close, I had them pay special close attention to it’s beak and feet asking them what the differences were compared to the shorebirds. It was pretty obvious to them and they were super surprise that some birds can eat meat and fish, and that they had no teeth. Most students also got to witness a murder of crows swerving around the osprey attempting to scare it away, and watch the osprey claim it’s ground. That was definitely an interesting site to see! With such a great bird station day, I am excited to step back into the routine this week (somewhat) and see what else decides to make a peak during Ballona days but also shorebird surveys. Hoping to see my favorite birds out there (except the sanderlings) this upcoming week and catch a last glance at them before they begin to migrate.