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Pickering Creek Audubon Center Volunteer News

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Did you know that Pickering Creek Audubon Center offers a variety of educational programs for ages 2 through adult?  Or that Pickering Creek was donated to the Chesapeake Audubon Society chapter over 20 years ago? How much do you know about the ways that volunteers help keep Pickering Creek a safe and enjoyable place to explore and learn about nature?

You can find out all this and more in the Volunteer Handbook. The handbook includes background about the history of the Audubon Society and Pickering Creek Audubon Center.  It gives you an overview of volunteer expectations and details about procedures ranging from where to record your volunteer hours to what do in case of an accident.   
Check out the new Volunteer Handbook. If you would prefer to have a paper copy, the volunteer coordinator would be happy to give you one the next time you stop by the office.

Volunteer Highlights 
A great big thanks goes out to the 38 volunteers who participated in this year's Earth Day Work Day on Sunday, April 18. Together, volunteers and Audubon Center staff spread gravel on the Pickering Creek drive, cleared trails, weeded and mulched the children’s garden, pulled invasive plants, and more! Volunteers included teens participating in the Assistant Naturalist program, a youth conservation leadership club tailored especially for teens interested in the environment. They also included many other teens seeking service-learning hours for school, families, volunteer regulars, and visitors from the Baltimore and Washington areas.

--Several volunteers participated in a water monitoring workshop at the main office on April 14. This workshop kicked off Pickering Creek’s new volunteer water monitoring program. Volunteer Water quality testing serves two purposes. It helps us to keep a watchful eye out for the health of Pickering Creek.  It also provides a more comprehensive data set that we can use as a teaching tool for some of our middle and high school education programs.  Data volunteers collect can supplement that collected by high school students during their AWE (Audubon Watershed Experience) field trips by filling in the gaps between testing days, especially this summer. Adults interested in participating should contact the volunteer coordinator for further details.

--Wood Duck hatchlings have been sighted at Pickering Creek. Take a look at our first attempt to capture their exit from one of our nest boxes.

Volunteer Appreciation Event
Pickering Creek staff appreciate all volunteers do through out the year, especially the ongoing support and commitment of long-time volunteers. Traditionally, there has been a volunteer appreciation dinner in May of each year. We don’t plan to limit our expressions of appreciation to just one big event a year.    In a break from tradition, this year’s event has been RESCHEDULED from May 22 to October 27.  Mark your calendar! In the mean time, look out for announcements about special treats just for volunteers in future issues of Bird Call.  

Coming Up in May
--Byron House Work Day
There will be a Byron house Workday on
Saturday, May 22. Audubon volunteers are invited to join members of the Easton Rotary Club in their restoration of the historic Byron House.  The day’s activities will include basic carpentry to finish the former kitchen wall and ceiling coverings, installing insulation and dry wall in the walls and ceiling of the original small bedroom.  Some tools will be available, but it would help if volunteers brought their personal favorites (hammer, saw, etc).  Also, please wear appropriate work attire (gloves, shoes, etc). The workday will begin at 8:00 am and lunch will be provided. Please contact the volunteer coordinator to sign up for the workday.
Gilbert Valliant Bryon, a writer who lived his most of his life on the Delmarva Peninsula, is often referred to as the “Chesapeake Thoreau”. To learn more about Gilbert Byron and the restoration of his home at Pickering Creek Audubon Center CLICK HERE.

--Bird Blitz Workshop
The Audubon Maryland-DC Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program uses Bird Blitz surveys to help identify sites across the state that provide critical bird habitat and support significant populations of Maryland’s vulnerable bird species. These volunteer-based surveys involve counting and mapping at-risk bird species.  This year’s survey areas also include portions of the Eastern Shore of Maryland. CLICK HERE to learn more about this year’s Bird Blitz.   There will be a special training session at Pickering Creek for birders interested in participating in the project on May 28 starting at 7pm. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at Pickering Creek for more information and program registration.  

A special note of thanks....
To those volunteers who have kept the Volunteer Coordinator informed of visits Pickering Creek for volunteer activities on your own.  It’s very useful to the staff to know when and where volunteers are working on site.

Have you been forgetting to check in or are just wondering what we need to know when? Email the Volunteer Coordinator at least a day in advance if you plan on some independent volunteer time. Let us know what you are doing, when you’ll be here, and where you will be onsite. No email? Give the office a call at 410-822-4903 x 26. This does not replace the need to fill actual time spent volunteering in the volunteer logs.  So, don’t forget to log in those volunteer hours!

Contact  Samantha Pitts, Volunteer Coordinator to register for events or ask questions.
Email: spitts@audubon.org    Phone: (410) 822-4903 x26

11450 Audubon Lane, Easton MD 21601

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