Activity 2: I already work hard to decrease my plastic use. I use reusable grocery bags, have a set of reusable utensils, and use metal straws. Something I didn't know about before this lesson was "bird friendly" or "shade grown" coffee. I will look into that for the future!
Activity 4: This course has made me think about and notice birds a lot more. I got the Merlin app and will now try to figure out what birds I'm seeing. I want to start taking more bird pictures too. Taking this course has made me be curious about and appreciate birds.
I looked around my house and was able to take photos of and ID a Northern Cardinal and American Robin. I used my camera because I don't have binoculars yet––and I learned how much of a challenge bird photography is! I'd love to get better at it. I used the Merlin app to identify them by color (both have red and black) but I think the app distinguished them based on behavior. The robin was on the ground while the cardinal was on a branch.