World Migratory Bird Day!
Edder Antunez: World Migratory Bird Day planner extraordinaire!!! My colleague, good friend, and fellow EFTA intern did a fabulous job planning a well-rounded event. To help execute his impeccable plan, Edder recruited two other EFTA interns, also stationed in Oregon, Araceli and Christian, as well as three Student Conservation Association (SCA) interns Maddie, Katie, and Emily. Our events for the day included 4 interactive tables and 1 informative welcome table. The welcome table had a beautiful western snowy plover habitat scene created by the lead Field Ranger, Vicki Penwell. That thing is a magnet, nobody can resist the miniature beach scene complete with sand, water, grass, snowy plover, and egg models. Once guests were welcomed to the event,
they proceeded to our activity tables where they had the chance to make their own cotton ball snowy plover chicks or bird collision-prevention silhouettes. Our third and fourth activity tables included snowy plover nesting habitat coloring pages and a fun bird beak adaptation game complete with bird skulls. Bird-themed guided hikes were also sprinkled throughout the day. Both kids and adults participated and really seemed to be having fun and learning. Nobody could resist the cuteness of the snowy plovers and everybody left with a better understanding of their ecology and conservation.