A couple of days have passed since I finished my Senior Project at Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and things are finally starting to get back to normal. “Normal” is kind of a strange word though because it wasn’t long ago that taking care of sick and injured birds for eight hours a day was normal for me. Well, regardless of what is and isn’t normal, my Senior Project is done and Spring Break is slowly coming to a close. It’s nearly time for me to return to Westtown and share my experience with both my peers and teachers, but the problem is I am not entirely sure how to do that.
I could share my experience in the sugarcoated version, which would be that each day I had a pleasant 50 minute drive down I-95 in the morning and taking care of the birds was a piece of cake. That wouldn’t be the truth though. The truth is that I had a horrible 50 minute drive each morning with cars going 25 mph over the speed limit zipping by me and nearly crashing into me. The truth is that in order to prevent the birds food I had to cut open mice with pairs of scissors and inject them with meds. The truth is that every couple of days a bird would poop on me and it would stain my sweatshirt and make me smell for the rest of the day. I think when I tell my friends at school (at least the ones who aren’t reading this right now) I’ll tell my story somewhere between the two versions.
No matter how I let everyone know about Tri-State, I will never be able to put into words how grateful I am for the experience to volunteer for the past two weeks. Working with the birds has confirmed my suspicion that I would like to work with animals for a career, but I am not sure in exactly what form yet. I guess that’s what college is for! Anyways, I think I will finish my blog with the same picture I used to start it. Here is a photo of Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research located in Newark, Delaware. Hopefully this won’t be the last time I volunteer and help the birds recover! To all of my readers, thank you so much for sticking with me for the past couple of weeks and being a part of my experience. Once again, thank you and goodbye!
P.S. If you have the chance or live close to Newark, please check out Tri-State because the work they do is incredible and all donations are appreciated!