My Birdability Internship Experience And The Mourning Dove

Navigating Challenges and Embracing Growth

Starting my internship at Birdability felt like being thrown into the deep end—stressful and overwhelming. However, as time went on, I managed to find my rhythm and the experience has been incredibly rewarding.

There are several key takeaways from my time here. I’ve learned a lot about the different bird species in the DMV area, which has been fascinating. I’ve also improved my communication skills, which is important as someone with a disability. Additionally, I’ve gotten better at using technology, which has been crucial for managing our blog and promoting our Birdwalks.

The biggest challenge for me has been communication and working with others. My disability makes socializing and collaborating more difficult. But this internship pushed me to improve these skills. I learned how to write effective emails and create scripts for outreach activities, which helped me share my experiences through our blog.

To overcome these challenges, I took things slowly and wasn’t afraid to ask for help when I needed it. I also used various resources, such as videos and articles, which provided additional support and information about our programs and birds.

Overall, my internship at Birdability has been a journey of personal and professional growth. I’m excited to see what the rest of my time here brings!

The Mourning Dove


It is a member of the dove family, Columbidae. The bird is also known as the American mourning dove, the rain dove, the chueybird, colloquially as the turtle dove, and it was once known as the Carolina pigeon and Carolina turtledove.

It is a medium-sized, slender dove approximately 31 cm (12 in) in length. Mourning doves weigh 112–170 g (4.0–6.0 oz), usually closer to 128 g (4.5 oz).

It has a large range of nearly 11,000,000 km2 (4,200,000 sq mi).[30] The species is resident throughout the Greater Antilles, most of Mexico, the Continental United States, southern Canada, and the Atlantic archipelago of Bermuda.

They migrate along flyways over land. Birds in Canada migrate the farthest, probably wintering in Mexico or further south.

They sunbathe or rain bathe by lying on the ground or a flat tree limb, leaning over, stretching one wing, and keeping this posture for up to twenty minutes.

They eat almost exclusively seeds, which make up more than 99% of their diet.They Rarely, they will eat snails or insects. And they often swallow grit such as fine gravel or sand to assist with digestion.

Their primary predators of this species are diurnal birds of prey, such as falcons and hawks. During nesting, corvids, grackles, housecats, or rat snakes will prey on their eggs.

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