Seventeen students and their advisory teachers
from The Country School completed the second of two service learning days at Pickering Creek on March
participated in FeederWatch and collected water quality data. They are taking the skills
they’ve picked up at Pickering Creek as citizen scientists back to
school. They are in the process of setting up a Project FeederWatch
site and planning for a native plants garden at The Country
The new wetland viewing platform is
almost complete! Just a few finishing details and a final inspection
are needed. Official debut coming soon!
April 2nd was a busy
day. Volunteers joined Pickering Creek and the Town of Easton for a
Clean Stream Cleanup of the Rails to Trails. Eighteen bags of trash were
collected from just over half of the trail from Dutchman’s Lane to
Meanwhile, Master Gardeners and students from the St. Peter
and Paul Key Club prepared the garden bed and installed the first
native plants in the new Byron House garden. It already looks
wonderful. Additional planting will be done later this spring.
Spotlight: A Few Good Men…
If you are a frequent visitor at Pickering
Creek, you’ve seen them. They can be found all over Center getting
things done that we don’t always think about… until something doesn’t work. They are the volunteers that
rise up to the many repair and maintenance challenges at the Center.
Some of these
volunteers are the fellows who have been hard at work on the new
wetland viewing platform.
These gentlemen bring a valuable suite of skills and to their
volunteer work at the Center and interesting backgrounds.
John Bayliss has
been volunteering at Pickering Creek for about 10 years. He is a
member of the Pickering Board of Trustees and is the chair of the
building and grounds committee. John has done everything
from organizing the amazing painting job on the main office last
year to bush-hogging and invasive plant control. In his other life,
he runs his own business as a produce marketing consultant. John loves the outdoors and
enjoys boating and hunting as much as he can.
introduced John Trax to volunteering at Pickering Creek in
2009. Together they
undertook a total labor of love, repairing and renovating the
cottage beside the office as staff housing. For about five or six weeks
in 2009 they spent on average 3 or 4 days a week making repairs and
alternations to walls, floors and plumbing.
John Trax is a civil
and environmental engineer retired from the EPA. As a matter of
fact, he began his career at EPA during the agency’s infancy in the
Nixon era. John has
taken advantage of his retirement to more fully pursue his hobby of
woodworking. He’s quite
skilled and has done some cabinetry professionally. However, he mostly works out
of his shop at home to create unique items purely out of enjoyment
of the work. One recent creation was a delicately carved jewelry
case for a granddaughter.
John has put his skills to work on number of projects a
Pickering Creek. His handiwork includes one of the cabinets in the
cottage and new trim around the screens on the porches and doors of
the office. John Trax has recently become a member of the Pickering
Creek Board of Trustees.
Coming Up in
Earth Day Work Day April 16
Get your work gloves
out and join Pickering Creek Staff for Earth Day Work Day on
Saturday, April 16 from 10-3pm. We will tackle a number of projects
including invasive plant removal, trail clearing, and
gardening. Bring along
your water bottle and your own pruning tools if you wish. Audubon
has challenged Pickering Creek to engage 150 new volunteers this
year, and so far the Center has 91 new folks. If the Center can meet
another 59 new volunteers through our upcoming Earth Day event and
our International Migratory Bird Day Volunteer Day on May 14, the
Center will receive $7,000 in support of its programs, as well as
the fantastic benefit of meeting new volunteers. So please encourage a friend
to volunteer with you. Lunch will be provided as well as some tools,
gloves and extra water.
We will meet at the Welcome Center before breaking into work
groups at 10am. Please
contact the Volunteer Coordinator in advance so that she can plan
for work and lunch accordingly.
Earth Day Work Day
at Pickering Creek Audubon Center is one of the events supported by
Together Green, a unique partnership between the National Audubon
Society and Toyota to promote citizen involvement in
Pickering Creek meet its goal of involving new volunteers in citizen
science and conservation stewardship. Come join staff and other
volunteers. Bring along interested family and friends, and spread
the word out about this event to others! Your support does make a
Volunteer Office Assistant
Educators are deep in the midst of school programming and can really
use some help in the office on a regular basis. We are looking for
an office assistant to help us keep up with office tasks that get
put on the backburner while we are in the classroom and conducting
field trips. The office
assistant would come in once a week for two or three hours. He or
she would help with tasks like uploading data and pictures,
preparing mailings, and organizing files. Computer skills are a must;
interest in writing is a plus.
Plan on bringing the
family out for International Migratory Bird Day Celebration May 14
Be on the lookout
for details about this final Together Green Volunteer Day of the
2010-2011 season in May edition of Bird Call.
Upcoming Public Program You Can
April 29- Delmarva Birding
Weekend Owl Prowl at Pickering