I can’t believe it is almost mid-way through July. Today, I got to teach exchange students from Saudi Arabia. The students were about 20-25 years old so it was a little difficult for me considering they knew a lot about birds already. What they didn’t know was the declining shorebird populations across the globe. As we played the migration game, they soon began to learn that this migration journey that these birds take it no easy task.
This being my second chance to work with exchange students, it is important for me to teach conservation techniques they can take back to their native countries. I really try to hit home that this decline in bird populations is not a US problem, or European problem. It is a global problem that will impact all of us and that it is something everyone can understand when I take them through my programming for the hour or two hours I have them.
I have learned about birds while collaborating with the Earth Conservation Corps, but I still feel that there is still much to uncover. What would it be like to follow the route of the osprey that nest here in DC all the way down to South America? Which predators cause the most problems when they’re traveling or what do they do when adverse weather conditions hinder them from traveling? The more I read, the more excited I become about birds. I can’t help, but consider how this internship is winding down and what more can I do to help conserve migratory birds.
On a side note, I just returned from California after visiting San Francisco and Los Angeles. I was able to see a couple shorebirds in Malibu and even found this cool Plover sign in Venice Beach. I still haven’t seen any shorebirds on this coast, but I am still looking! Perhaps we need signs like those over here in DC…