On June 16, Cape Perpetua held its event for Bird Day! One of the fellow Environment for the Americas (EFTA) interns, Edder, hosted the event by the visitor center at Cape Perpetua, and I had the honor of helping out with the event! Cape Perpetua is not too far from where I stay in Newport; just a 40 minute drive down south. I drove down in the morning, excited to see what awaited. I was glad to see some familiar faces! Not only was Edder there to greet me, but Christine and Araceli were there as well! It’s a welcoming sight to see old friends from training again, in one place. I can’t imagine that months have already passed by, and that we are all past the halfway mark for our internship! After catching up on our past months and experiences with our internship, we prepared the scene for Bird Day. As EFTA interns we were set on demonstrating the importance and wonders of birds with cool arts and crafts! A little interaction and crafting something to take home with you really goes a long way in holding on to something you learn. Different tables were set for crafting snowy plovers, cutting out paper birds for windowsills, and coloring pages. I was given the responsibility of talking about the adaptation of the bird beak through their skulls! An adaptation is a feature an organism has to help it survive in its natural environment. Different birds have different beaks to obtain a variety of natural food sources. Many raptors such as the bald eagle and the osprey have beaks with large hooks that are useful for tearing into meat and flesh. The great blue heron has a long, spear-like beak which is slender enough to plunge quickly into the water to catch or kill its prey. Hummingbirds in general have long slender beaks as well with a variety of curves and lengths depending on the flower or plant it obtains its nectar from. In addition to the skulls, I had a separate game for kids to utilize different tools such as spoons, a clothespin, or tweezers (adaptations) for picking up sprinkles or gummy worms (food sources). This is a fun way of bringing in the message of adaptations with interaction, and helps them understand the need for a variety of bird beaks for different purposes! We had a great time with the event talking with guest and I hope to go back to Cape Perpetua one day soon!

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