The Red Siskin was also represented at a World Migratory Bird Day celebration in the US, hosted by Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in Washington DC. Even though the Red Siskin is likely an altitudinal rather than a latitudinal migrant, it shares something else with some long-distance migrants: it is endangered because of illegal trade and habitat loss.
Kate Rodríguez-Clark presented a variety of entertaining RSI activities with help from NZP volunteers and artists, including face-painting, comic-book and origami-making for all ages, and selfie props with messages like #SaveTheRedSiskin and#CardenalitoPaRato. We were thrilled to attract a large and bilingual crowd! Thanks to FONZ (particularly Kirstin Hill) for all their help making Kate’s first-ever public outreach activity at the zoo fun and successful. Bilingual FONZ volunteers Sarah Wyatt and Caitlin Starks also provided much-appreciated support.