Hey y’all!

I'm Mandy, a recent graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and the Celebrate Shorebirds Intern based in Washington, DC, our Nation's Capital.  Here in DC, EFTA is partnered with many organizations, including the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) where I'm serving as...

Cool and Easy Way to Identify a Bird

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="3570,3571,3572"] I visited the Washington, DC Tidal Basin on the weekend and before getting caught in the pouring rain I had a chance to go on a paddle boat! This is a great way to get a new perspective on the amazing monuments in...

2013 Pollinator Week

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="3142,3141,3144,3143"] Last Friday (June 23, 2013) the USDA FS Conservation Education Staff and myself were participating in the 2013 Pollinator Week. We set up a Forest Service  information table and engaged several hundred visitors from a wide diversity of nationalities inquiring about pollinators, why they are...

Why are internships important?

I would like to share with you and all my fellow interns a compilation of other opportunities in the field of  conservation. Such opportunities for students to gain practical work experience should be an integral part of any college education as it further develops skills...

18th Annual USDA Farmers Market Opening

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="2941,2942,2944,2945,2946,2940"] Last Friday (June 7, 2013) was the opening of the annual USDA Farmer's Market celebrating the 18th season of hosting fresh produce local vendors from DC, Maryland and Virginia. I was there representing the US Forest Service and Environment for the Americas, supporting...

“Get to know” IMBD Gallery launch

[gallery type="slideshow" ids="2842,2843,2844,2845,2846,2847,2848,2849"] My first assignment the second day of my internship with EFTA was an outreach activity at the Art Gallery of Pepco Holdings in Washington, DC. This joint initiative by the electricity distribution company, federal agencies and NGOs was an opportunity to launch the...

My event in D.C. is tomorrow!

My International Migratory Bird Day event in Washington, DC is right around the corner! All our planning and preparation is finally going to unfold. We are proud to say that we have worked together as a team and accomplished a great deal. Outreach to the Latino...

Countdown begins

Our IMBD Festival is only days away and our work for these days will focus on canvasing in different parts of DC and Virginia. We will be distributing flyers to different Latino restaurants, super markets, churches and community centers. This past week the interns from...