Creek Audubon Center Volunteer News
Volunteer E-news, June 2010
in the launch of Pickering Creek Audubon Center’s Together Green
volunteer initiative in June. The Center is the recipient of a
Together Green grant to support and grow our volunteer program.
Together Green is a unique partnership between the National Audubon
Society and Toyota to promote citizen involvement in
conservation. The Together Green program will support organized
volunteer events throughout the year.
the scoop on future Pickering Creek Together Green projects and find
out more about how you can help us meet our grant goals at the
Pickering Volunteers Potluck Picnic. All volunteers and their
guests are invited to the picnic on Wednesday, June 16 from
5:30pm-8pm. Cool beverages, hotdogs, and picnic supplies will be
on-hand. Please RSVP by Friday, June 11. Let Pickering staff
know if you plan to bring aside dish.
Participate in the first
Together Green event on Saturday, June 26. We will be planting
native perennial plants to enhance habitat for wildlife and add
visual appeal at Pickering Creek. See more information below.
Several Pickering Creek Volunteers and Easton Rotary Club members worked diligently restoring the interio of the Gilbert Byron House on May 22. The wall and ceiling of the small front bedroom has been covered with wallboard and the room accessed by the side entrance has the interior wallboards almost completely installed.
- Pickering staff
would like to thank all of you who have supported Pickering Creek
through your volunteer time this year. Spaces are being
reserved for volunteers on upcoming public programs offered at
Pickering Creek Audubon Center. Visit www.pickeringcreek.orgfor
more information on upcoming events. A Summer Family Canoe is
scheduled for Sunday, June 27, 2010 from 1-3 PM at the main
office. Fives spaces are offered without charge to volunteers on
the canoe trip. Interested? Sign up early! Make sure you mention
that you are a current volunteer. These spots are offered on a
first come-first serve basis. If you would like to bring along a
guest the charge is $10 per adult and $5 per child.
- As the school
year winds down and we wrap up school programs, Pickering staff
send out a special thanks to Herman and Nancy Espenhorst, Pat
Groller, Bill Griffin and Bill Reybold for their volunteer support
of these programs this spring. Herman, Nancy, and Pat have
all assisted students on field trip activities like fishing and
nest box construction. Bill and Bill have both diligently cut
out sets of blue bird box pieces numerous times to make sure we
had needed materials for nest box projects at
- A special thanks also
goes out to volunteers who have taken care of maintenance projects
over the last few months. John Bayliss has assisted with emergency
road clearing and various mechanical repairs throughout the winter
and spring. Julien Larkin has been making housing
repairs. Sal Simoncini has made repairs at our barn. Bob
Mason has made several important electrical and phone repairs.
Their efforts have kept important machinery in working order,
buildings on site safe, and ensured that our lane is bus
accessible for school groups.
Coming Up in July!
- Gilbert Byron House Work Day-- There will be a second
Byron House Workday on Saturday, June 26 from 8am to 12pm in
preparation for Gilbert Byron Day on July 10. Audubon volunteers
are again invited to join members of the Easton Rotary Club in
their restoration of the historic Byron House. The day’s
activities will include finishing up wood siding inside one room
and clearing out wood and other items stored in the house. Some
tools will be available. Please wear appropriate work attire
(gloves, shoes, etc). Please contact the volunteer coordinator if
you plan to participate in the workday.
needed in children’s garden. A couple of volunteers are needed as
soon as possible to assist the children’s garden team at their
regular gardening time. When? On Wednesday mornings or help out
with watering on their own at other times during the week. Help
out for a day or a season. You decide what contribution you can
make. Then contact the Volunteer Coordinator for further details.
- Support Pickering
Creek Audubon Center wetland projects at local middle schools! The
education staff helped Talbot County sixth grade students create
or enhance wetland habitat areas at each of the three local
schools, as part of school-based programming offered by Pickering
Creek Audubon Center. Would you be willing to help the Education
Coordinator with maintenance and bio-blitz activities for students
at middle school planting sites over the summer? The Education
Coordinator will be visiting each school on a rotating basis
throughout the summer during weekly scheduled wetland maintenance
days starting with Easton Middle School on June 30. Each
visit will typically be a couple of hours on a weekday
morning. Consider helping out at one school or for a
particular week in the summer. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator
to participate on June 30 or begin making arrangements for other
times this summer.
- A Native Wildflowers
Planting Day will be held on Saturday June 26 from 9am-2pm.
Pickering Creek is going native! Help us improve habitat for birds
and other wildlife by planting native perennials on our first
Together Green event of the year! Meet with Pickering Creek Staff
at the Welcome Center and register on site. Invite a friend to
join you or bring your whole family out for the day. Extra water,
lunch and snacks will be provided as well as gloves and tools for
the day. Current volunteers are encouraged to sign up in
advance and indicate if they may have guests joining them so we
can estimate food and supplies for the event.
Contact Samantha Pitts,
Volunteer Coordinator to register for events or ask questions.
Phone: (410) 822-4903 x26
11450 Audubon Lane, Easton MD
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