By Guest Blogger Luz Hernandez
enjoyed the story shared at the very beginning regarding the Nahuatl legend of Tenochtitlan and appreciate that he connected it to the workshop theme. Another bonus was learning about the other participant’s birding adventures.
It was illuminating to learn about the distinctions between juvenile and adult raptors. For example, when it comes to Red-tailed Hawks, the adults can be identified by a dark belly band and the famed rusty colored tails, while juvenile forms have brown banded tails and pale eyes in comparison. To add another layer of complexity, many of the raptors discussed in the workshop also come in rare pale and dark morphs, which was news to me!
Similarly, the variations between the female and male American kestrels are easier to spot now. I can identify females by the streaked breast plumage, while the males have no streaks and instead display a cinnamon colored breast.
As a science communicator, I am most looking forward to sharing what I learned from the workshop with classmates, colleagues, and friends. The workshop helped me become a more well-rounded naturalist.
Luz Hernandez is a senior environmental biology student at Cal Poly Pomona. She first developed an interest in ecology, conservation, and wildlife biology while working at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles as a museum ambassador. Her interests led her to volunteer at the California Science Center as a terrestrial husbandry keeper. Currently she is an Education Specialist at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. She is passionate about science communication and wants to use her training and education to help promote inclusive outdoor classrooms.
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