While I have been reading about Hunts Point and how so many things has happened there I feel deep compassion for those who are living there and are trying to keep their heads above the economic tides that are just flushing everyone away. I now realize how much of a difference there is from where I live compared to Hunts Point, and I only live a little more than three or four miles away.
In Sam Smouha’s Paper, “What does sustainability mean in Hunts Point, the Bronx?” (Vasser College Senior Capstone Project, 2012) the author talks about how Hunts Point is undergoing a social and environmental transformation, despite being known for it’s poverty and crime. His goal is to help adolescents develop job skills, all while helping the area by managing oyster farms and counting birds that come across the Bronx River.
Jose and I talk about the Rocking the Boat Project, what we did the first and second days. We started to get the measurements for the wood so that we could cut it to make nest boxes. We learned that there are different types of birds, and we've seen five different types of birds on the Bronx River so far. We're looking forward to doing more this spring.
Here I am cutting the sides of our nest box for Tree Swallows. Yesterday students from my school and I went to Rocking the Boat again.
It was cool using the binoculars to look at the different types of birds from afar. First we stood in a line and there was a bird in the tree. I think I saw a crow. Then we all went to the park and saw more birds. Every time a student saw a bird he or she would have to describe the beak, color, the wings span, the size of the bird and then something advanced like its habitat or where they live.