Prepping for re-vamped birding event

Prior to starting this internship, I was really anxious about not only my lack of bird-related knowledge but also my lack of experience with environmental work. However, talking to Chris, a member of the Golden Gate Bird Alliance, during our pilot event really broadened my perspective on what a bird walk can do for the community. Listening to her speak showed me how birds do not necessarily have to be the main focus of the event. Rather the conversations and experiences you experience together alongside fellow bird-walk participants are really what is important. Thus, she showed me both the importance of going into things with an open mind and that birding really has something for everyone of all sorts of experiences and backgrounds. 

Taking that advice to heart, Mo and I are considering a more low-key and flexible “bird-sit” for our official event. We’re also considering relocating as our previous location, Crissy Field, did not have the best seating areas and was quite windy, which could make activities or sitting for an extended period of time difficult. For example, we’re considering Fort Mason Community Garden as our new site. Right now, all the flowers are blooming, and you can see great views of the Golden Gate Bridge! For the “bird sit,” rather than taking a longer walk, we’d be stationed in a central area. Perhaps if participants are interested, we would lead shorter strolls that would lead back to the main area. In the central area, we’d have a small setup complete with seating, some sort of table, and maybe snacks. We’re also preparing activities that can help foster engagement such as drawing/sketching activities or journaling activities. Maybe even passerby-ers will stop by, say hi, and take some time to learn about birds.

Also, Mo and I are still thinking of ideas to incorporate, so if anyone has any suggestions please let us know!! 

Image source: https://www.fortmasoncommunitygarden.org/

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  • Ankara Avukat
    Posted at 08:27h, 05 July Reply

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