Embracing Birds and Accessibility: My Internship with EFTA’s Birdability Program

This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern with Environment for the Americas (EFTA) as part of the Birdability program. It was a journey of discovery, learning, and connection that I will cherish forever.

Birds and Accessibility: A Perfect Pairing

As someone passionate about birds, joining Birdability was a dream come true. The program’s mission to make birding accessible to everyone resonated deeply with me. Throughout my internship, I immersed myself in learning about different bird species, their habitats, and the importance of making birding activities inclusive. It was eye-opening to see how simple modifications can make nature accessible to people of all abilities.

Exploring Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

One of the highlights of my internship was spending time at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site. This beautiful location is not just a haven for birdwatchers but also a place rich in history. I learned about the iron works’ role in America’s early industrial history, its technological innovations, and the people who worked there. The blend of natural beauty and historical significance made every visit a learning adventure.

Building Connections and Friendships

Beyond the birds and history, what made this internship truly special were the connections I made. The staff at EFTA and the National Park Service (NPS) were incredibly supportive and knowledgeable. Their passion for their work was infectious and inspiring. I also had the pleasure of working alongside other Birdability interns, who quickly became friends. Together, we shared experiences, learned from each other, and supported one another in our mission to promote accessibility in birding.

A Memorable Journey

My internship with EFTA’s Birdability program was more than just a learning experience; it was a journey of growth and inspiration. I am grateful for the knowledge I gained, the people I met, and the experiences I had. This summer has deepened my appreciation for birds, history, and the importance of inclusivity. I look forward to applying what I’ve learned in my future endeavors and continuing to advocate for accessible birding for all.

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