12 Jun Fish, Feathers, and First Friday
Fish, Feathers, and First Friday
On the first Friday of the month, Old Slater Mill stays open later than usual to host special programs. Programs may include concerts, movie nights, or special tours. I was able to experience my first program on June 2nd. The event’s purpose was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cape Verdean independence. Information about the mill was translated into both Portuguese and Cape Verdean Creole. My favorite part of the event was the music. JL Santos Spencer and other featured performers played live Cape Verdean music. While the music played, many visitors danced and sang along. Seeing people soak in the music while dancing and smiling was a really fulfilling experience for me.
During the event, my job was to present birding activities and discuss future fishing events. I had two different birding activity sheets. One featured shadows to identify the bird. The other sheet featured parts of a bird and the parts of a feather. Knowing the parts of a bird can help determine the type of bird, especially when it is in flight. It was satisfying to apply what I learned at the Environment for Americas training to a real-world scenario.
I had the pleasure of meeting Trevor Lamb, who also had a table at the event. His table featured Paleoethnobotany. Paleoethnobotany studies how people behaviorally and ecologically interacted with plants in the past. It was so interesting to speak with him about his studies as I had never deeply thought about how plants were used years ago and how that affects us today. The kids enjoyed looking through the microscopes he had set up and the coloring sheets of different plants he featured. One of the best things about this internship has been meeting new people and learning about their studies.
I am excited to experience a couple more first Fridays throughout my internship. It was a fulfilling experience to interact with the community and learn about their history.