helped maintain Pickering Creek Audubon Center as a wonderful place
to enjoy the outdoors. Many of you helped maintain over three miles
of trails, repair the Center’s 1.2 mile-long driveway, mulch
educational areas, remove invasive plants and plant native ones in
the newly established meadow areas during five general work days.
Some individuals and small groups of volunteers have undertaken
major projects for a whole season. Members of the Chesapeake Herb
Society and others have maintained the beautiful children’s and herb
and gardens. The
invasives removal team spent 14 workdays removing multiflora rose,
and other aggressive non-native plants. Other volunteers diligently
mowed driveway edges and grassy educational and parking areas
throughout the growing season as well as tackled major bush-hogging
Quite a few very
handy volunteers worked on maintenance and construction projects all
over the center.
Projects range from making bluebird and wood duck boxes, and
repairing picnic tables to building changing stalls for summer camp,
finishing the interior walls of two rooms of the Byron House, and
repainting the Center office.
upon a tradition of wildlife monitoring and citizen science at
Pickering Creek. This past year volunteers monitored Pickering
Creek’s 65-box bluebird trail and 27-box wood duck trail. They
recorded the fledging of 154 bluebirds and 101 tree swallows and the
hatching of 111 wood duck chicks. A handful of
volunteers also undertook a new citizen science project at Pickering
Creek, water quality monitoring. They recorded data for 27 testing
days from April through December. Water quality testing by
staff, students, and volunteers 11 out the 12 months of last year,
gave us baseline measurements of what water quality indicators like
oxygen, pH, and nitrogen levels are like throughout the year.
Volunteers lent a
hand to the center on a quite a few important indoor projects.
Nearly a dozen people helped with administrative projects like
stuffing and sealing envelopes for large mailings, entering data,
organizing the library, and assisting with computer issues. Others
have used their expertise by writing articles, organizing projects
and events, and participating in board activities.
Over the past year,
volunteers have supported what Pickering Creek is all
about-connecting people of all ages with nature and inspiring them
to participate in conservation. These volunteer
activities directly impact programming offered by Pickering Creek
staff, and sometimes they are even part of our programming! Several volunteers
chaperoned and assisted during field trip experiences for elementary
through high school students.
Junior Naturalist shared their love of nature with younger
children during eight weeks of summer camp and at library programs.
Volunteers of all ages represented Pickering Creek at the Waterfowl
Festival, Harvest Hoedown-Pickering Creek’s annual public open
house, and Tour, Toast and Taste- the Center’s major fundraising
only touches on some of the great stuff volunteers have
accomplished. It does not cover everything. A modest estimate of
time spent by volunteers in 2010 is over 3,500 hours. Your time is always
appreciated, but not always recognized if it is not recorded. Did
you forget to submit volunteer time? It’s not too late to
make it count. You can record hours in the volunteer logbooks at the
office and welcome center. You can also submit your time online at
the Pickering Creek website or send an email directly to the
COMING UP IN FEBRUARY
Volunteers needed immediately
We are seeking
adults or mature, responsible teens interested in reptiles to help
care for our collection of turtles and snake used in public
education programs. We
are looking for volunteers who can come by once week a on a regular
basis. These animals are fed and cared for three days a week
(Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). Training in reptile care and
handling will be provided. Please contact Mandy Smith by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Backyard Bird Count February 19, 2011
There will be a
special Great Backyard Bird Count Day at Pickering Creek Audubon
Center on Saturday February 19 from 8am
-2pm. Volunteers with
all levels of birding experience are invited to come by the Center
office anytime throughout the day. New, first time volunteers are
especially welcome, so invite friends and family to come out with
you! Event registration is on-site.
family-friendly event is a great way to get involved in wildlife
monitoring. Most bird
watching will be done from the display room at Center office, which
offers a great view of our FeederWatch area. Experienced birders will be
on hand to help with identification. A PPT
slide show with birds you are likely to see will run throughout the
day. Assorted field
guides and binoculars will be available for volunteer use. Fun activities will be
available for children between lulls in bird activity. Hot beverages
will be available throughout the day. Prizes and giveaways will be
offered to volunteers in appreciation for enthusiastic participation
throughout the day.
The Great Backyard
Bird Count Day at Pickering Creek is the fourth of six volunteer
events supported by Together Green, a unique partnership between the
National Audubon Society and Toyota to promote citizen involvement
in conservation. Help
Pickering Creek meet its goal of involving new volunteers in citizen
science and conservation stewardship. Come join staff and other
volunteers to for the GBBC at Pickering Creek, bring along
interested family and friends, and spread the word out about this
event to others! Your support does make a difference.
FeederWatch at Pickering Creek
Watchers are needed to help out with project FeederWatch from
February to April.
FeederWatch is an easy, fun way to monitor winter birds as
they visit our feeders this winter. FeederWatch observation days
at Pickering Creek are Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 7.
Wing Watchers are volunteers that participate throughout the year in
a wide variety of organized bird citizen science projects used by
Audubon and its partners including Project FeederWatch. This team is
especially designed for volunteers of all ages and birding skill
levels and may be of interest to those who enjoy wildlife watching
in general. Volunteers
interested in participating in Project FeederWatch should contact
the Volunteer Coordinator for a short orientation session.