I’ve had the opportunity to intern for Environment for the America’s (EFTA) and get trained in shorebird migration knowledge to share with others. They prepped me with the necessary skills to educate others on how plastic pollution affects shorebirds and their migration patterns. During these months, I’ve completed shorebird surveys at the Ballona Creek Bikepath. I got to see the changes in shorebirds abundance during these months. In addition, I also got to see the different breeding plumage they developed before heading up North. Once they all migrated, I ended the surveys and began reaching out to community members to lead activities from the EFTA package I received during the training. I got to teach people what shorebirds were, as well as ways to minimize their single-use plastics. 

Interning for EFTA has not only given me the knowledge and resources to introduce shore bird knowledge to the public, but also enhanced my comprehension of how birds and their environment are truly connected. During my work with Los Angeles Audubon, I spent lots of time at Ballona Creek. With my background knowledge in shorebirds, I was able to expand my lessons and give students a better understanding of the creek and the wildlife. I taught students about the trash in the creek and where trash ends up. Trash travels from storm drainages in the city, to the creek, and flushed out to the ocean. During this process, shorebirds are still using the creek and ocean as habitat. I helped students understand that though there is lots of trash present, birds have showed resistance by still living in these conditions though it often times is fatal. With all my experiences being an EFTA intern, I feel much more comfortable with shorebird ecology and conservation. I’ve felt very supported by both EFTA and L.A Audubon in the projects I chose to engage in with the public. Although this is the end of my internship, it is only the beginning in the many future projects I come up with and share with others!

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