The BLM, Citizen Science, and How Heineken Gave Back.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know that the other interns and I have been ripping and roaring, trying to get the word out about migratory birds. Over the past few weeks, the only thing on my mind has been coordinating an event for the Bureau of Land Management. I knew this would be particularly tricky because these are people who knew a whole lot more about birds than I did! What could I possibly teach them?

 

After lots of planning, we figured that we’d take the team on a river expedition to do some bird identification on the Anacostia. I introduced myself and began talking about our citizen scientist on the Anacostia Raptor Watch facebook page. You’d be surprised how many people view the eaglecam on a regular basis, making note of every development live from the eagle’s nest. It’s amazing because without the webcam, we wouldn’t be able to peak into the life of the local Bald Eagles here, but also we’d never know what was going on without our citizen scientist on the internet!

 

The featured photo above is an example of “citizen science” aka me staying logged into the eagle cam to watch even after I’ve already clocked out for the day! 

 

I was eating dinner, watching the empty nest when all of sudden, the mother eagle flew into the nest with a large fish. Soon thereafter, Honor and Courage, flew in with empty bellies! She relinquished the fish to her hungry babies and decided to take a more protective position. She hopped up to a higher branch and that is where I got the photo from! She called to us from the other side the camera saying that it’s dinner time and to come back later! Watching the eaglecam at that moment, I can tell you that the DC eaglets are hungry, flying, and full of vigor.

 

You know who else is full of vigor? The Heineken Sales Team that came to make an impact. Businesses will frequently partner with ECC for Impact Days to help with a local trash clean up or wetland restoration project. That particular day, we all helped install a new trash trap out of the floating logs in to the Anacostia. The goal of this project was to keep the trash out of the wetland and also create more habitat space for the resident turtles to sun themselves. Everything turned out great and “Turtle Beach” is newly renovated and open for leisure… for the wildlife of course!

 

-SP

Stephen Poblete
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