As you know, I attended International Migratory Bird Day at the National Zoo. On top of all the exciting education programs we had at ECC, I also got to attend two more IMBD events!! One was a reception at the national zoo and the other was my very own event.
Environment for the Americas’ Executive Director Susan Bonfield put on the event at the National Zoo. It was great to see all the partners at the zoo and friends of birds. Some of the interesting topics included at the event included what partners are doing for birds and what the future of International Migratory Bird Day may look like. Susan brought up some great points about why it might need to change so that non-scientists citizens may find their local events more appealing and accessible. It was great to see Susan again and I hear she might be coming back to D.C. so I am very excited to see her again!
Later that week, was my very own International Migratory Bird Day Event. Although the event didn’t pan out exactly how I envisioned it, it was still great to work with some kids. I held my event at the Children of Mine afterschool center in the neighborhood of Anacostia. At the center I began teaching the kids about what migration means and what IMBD is about. I then encouraged them to help bird conservation by suggesting methods to help birds and asking how they already know to help birds. We wrapped up the event by making bird masks and taking photos with the masks. The children were very appreciative and I was so excited the kids were able to learn more about birds.
I had no idea I would be doing so many IMBD events but I am really happy about it! After attending the reception with ECC’s executive director Brenda Richardson, we talked about how IMBD may look different in the future and how we can scale it up now that we have a base. I will definitely make a plan and leave legacy notes for the next EFTA intern so they can put on an even better event!