It finally happened! I finally hosted my World Migratory Bird Day Event on June 16th! After spending many hours coming up with ideas and developing the event, it came to fruition this past weekend. Our event was held at the awesome Cape Perpetua Visitor Center from 10am to 4pm. It had five fun activities: Build Your Own Snowy Plover, Window Collision station, Bird Beak Skull station, a coloring station, and there were led nature hikes. I couldn’t have done this on my own. I had help from Lead Field Ranger Madison Goforth, SCA interns Emily Bickle and Katie Aplis, and I even had three fellow EFTA interns help me, Christine Ronnie Smith, Christian Cortez, and Araceli Morales-Santos! It was great having Christian and Araceli come down from their respective locations in Oregon to create a little EFTA reunion. With all these amazing people helping me out, I knew the event would be an instant success!
Everyone had their own table to manage and it was great to see teamwork from everyone. The Build Your Own Snowy Plover was led by Araceli and it was my favorite table by far. I mean, come on, you could create a snowy plover chick utilizing some cotton balls, toothpicks, googly eyes, and some glue! Seeing little kids get excited at that would make anyone smile. Christine and Emily tag teamed the artistic table that consisted of Window Collisions and coloring snowy plover images. Christine focused on educating people on how they can help mitigate bird window collision by encouraging them to cut out bird silhouettes from construction paper to place on windows. Emily got to color with visitors and dropped snowy plover knowledge bombs and discussed their threatened status. Christian shared his love of all things bird and showed off bird skulls and demonstrated the differences in beaks and how they’re indicative of their diets. Katie was our jack of all trades, she helped out everyone by bouncing between tables and acting as back up. Madison and I had the fun jobs of leading hikes into one of the trails. They were short hikes, around 15 minutes in duration, and we talked about common plants found at Cape Perpetua, old growth forests, and the marbled murrelet. Regardless of the activity we led, the main theme to emphasize was migratory birds.
In the end, the event was a better success than I expected. We got 158 people to visit our event! From all that I saw on that day, I’m glad to say that everyone was having fun. Lots of smiles and laughter. Just as importantly, we were given the opportunity to educate our visitors on migratory birds in a fun and exciting atmosphere. The whole process of creating the event and executing it was an educational one. It was interesting having a leading role in this event. I’m usually in charge of a station or small group, never have I had to manage an entire event! It allowed me to gain more confidence and knowledge in a leading position. Definitely a rush. I still recall the moment the event ended. I was drained, yet very excited at our accomplishments. The forest is definitely keeping me on my toes. Oh well, no time to take it to easy. It’s off to the next adventure.