After all my traveling this year. I did not get back to Zumba. However, I did ride some, and I did take care of my commitment to volunteer at the Bird Treatment and Learning Center.
|There are a number of owls in the education program ... wise, photogenic owls.|
|Don't even think of taking a piece of salmon from this young eagle.|
|This little guy is a short-eared owl, but don't be fooled. Those aren't ears, just feathers. The ears are on the sides of the head. The joke's on us. And this one is saying that to our faces.|
|Presenters have as much fun as those learning about the birds. The Eagle River Nature Center hosted a day where many birds from Bird TLC were available so people could see them and learn about them and the organization.|
It will take some time as the presentation process is quite involved and lengthy … presentation preparation, working with a bird, giving presentations before a number of folks, including the Education Committee, and your mentor, and having your mentor sign off on three specific presentations … a walk by (such as at a fair or conference), an informal and a formal presentation.
|Magpies ... noisy, obnoxious, curious, beautiful.|
What I've learned is that I know nothing when it comes to birds, and specifically my bird of choice for my beginnings as a presenter. I did not choose a hawk or owl or falcon as many others in the presenter class did. I chose Kodi, a crow who has been in the education system for quite some time and that I'm quite familiar with because he lives part time at the Bird TLC Clinic. I've changed his newspapers, I've prepared his food. And he fascinates me because he is close to a raven (which I did not choose because it lives in the Valley and would be difficult to access for training and presenting).
Kodi is short for Kodiak, which is where he was found. He's smart, as are the members of the corvid family (ravens, jays, crows, magpies), he's beautiful with his irridescent black feathers, and he's interesting as a species. I expect to continue to learn, and hopefully present in the future. What a wonderful opportunity for me (and others who elect to volunteer or to learn to be a presenter).