Reflection on a World Migratory Bird Day Event

On Saturday, Mo and I held our official World Migratory Bird Day event at Fort Mason. While we originally wanted to hold the event at Fort Mason Community Gardens, when we arrived on site to begin set up, we found out that the gardens had been booked that day for a memorial service. Unfortunately, Mo and I were not made aware ahead of time that the garden could be reserved and rented out, and we learned that reservations are definitely something to consider when holding an event, even if the space is public and open access. Despite the initial hurdle and the fact that I feel that some participants were a bit disappointed with the location change, we were flexible enough to move to an alternative location, come up with alternative routes, and keep everyone’s spirits up.

The birding highlight of the day was seeing a great blue heron in a tree. For some reason, I never was able to imagine a great blue heron in a high tree and thought that they would just hang around the water all the time. Also, I was surprised at how many non-bird-related conversations came up, which proved to me how people of all levels of knowledge or interest can enjoy a birding event. 

Another thing that stood out to me was the huge impact that accessible community events can have on the individual participants’ lives. For example, one of our participants said that she hardly leaves the house and has hardly explored the city. Another one of our participants, inspired by our event, reached back out to me after the event and asked me to connect him to other beginner birders. Two of our participants were already friends who knew each other, and our event became a space for them to be able to chat and catch up. Overall, it was really heartwarming to see how events such as these can serve as a means for connection between individuals and weave together community bonds.

Attached are pictures of our participants looking over the Golden Gate bridge and a picture of the great blue heron in a tree.

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