Volunteers and staff completed the third season of
Project FeederWatch at Pickering Creek on April 7. This citizen
science program, run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, looks at the
distribution of wintering birds through data collected by
observations at feeders throughout the US. It helps scientists see large-scale movements of winter bird
populations as well as long-term trends in bird distribution and
abundance. You can
learn more about the program and birds seen at FeederWatch sites at
the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website (http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pfw).
Twenty species of birds were spotted at our feeders at Pickering
Creek this winter-including chickadees, woodpeckers, tufted titmice,
nuthatches, finches, and sparrows. It proved to be a fun way to
observe bird behavior up close and learn differences between species
like house and purple finches. We are looking for
additional volunteers interested in participating citizen science
projects like FeederWatch.
Check out information on the upcoming International Migratory
Bird Day event below.
to the nine volunteers who joined staff for a wet Earth Day Work Day
on April 16. They
managed to clear the educational area behind the office of leaves
and mulch a significant portion of the Farm to Bay trail before
increasing rain ended work just after noon. Another workday to
complete trail mulching is scheduled for Saturday, May 21 from 9am
to 12 noon.
heartfelt thank you goes to a number of individuals who collectively
have been helping Pickering staff spread the word about programs and
events at the Center these past few months. These volunteers have
spread flyers announcing volunteer events, place brochures our in
the community to attract visitors to the center, folded more than
2,000 camp brochures, prepared 1,300 invitations to our annual
fundraiser- Tour Toast and Taste- for mailing out, offered writing
assistance with press releases and more.
new wetland overlook platform is officially open for use! Itís passed final
inspection. Go check out the great view it offers if you havenít
Volunteer Spotlight: A
Few Good Men (conít)
monthís spotlight continues to focus on individuals who often work
in the background at Pickering Creek, regularly tackling maintenance
and repair, and grounds keeping jobs. One of these
volunteers, Biff Griffin is a longtime friend of the Center. He and
his wife live nearby and have been strong supporters of the Center
from its early days. He
started volunteering at Pickering Creek when he was asked to join
the Board of Trustees for the first time 20 years ago. Heís
currently serving on the board as a member of the building and
grounds committee. Heís
recently assisted with the construction of the new wetland
platform. He also
organized the construction of the first wetland platform.
commitment to Pickering Creek has been an outgrowth of his own love
of the outdoors.
Bill notes that heís been in the insurance business for 26
years but that is his avocation. His vocation, real love, have been
the outdoors. ďI love the woods. I joined Boy Scouts as a kid
because it would involve hiking and camping in the woods ď As an
adult, Pickering Creek has been one of his regular destinations to
enjoy nature. He
volunteers so that staff can stay focused on what the Center is all
about, connecting people to nature. ď I think kids need what
Pickering Creek offers, outdoor experiences that help them grow into
environmentally sensitive and aware
Coming Up in
Migratory Bird Day, May 14 9am-12noon
celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Pickering Creek
Audubon Center on Saturday, May 14 from 9am -12 noon. Volunteers with all levels
of birding experience are invited to join one of the teams organized
that day to conduct a site-wide bird survey. This fun, family-friendly
event is a great way to get involved in wildlife monitoring. New,
first time volunteers are especially welcome. Experienced birders
will lead teams on each of the Centerís trails. Exhibits about nestbox
monitoring and other citizen science projects and activities for
children will be available to enjoy in addition to the bird counting
walks. Prizes and giveaways will be offered to volunteers in
appreciation for enthusiastic participation throughout the morning.
Event registration is on-site, however prior notice of participation
is greatly appreciated.
Spruce Up event, May 21 9am-12noon
your work gloves out and join Pickering Creek Staff for Spring
Spruce Up on Saturday, May 21 9-12noon. We will continue where we
left off on Earth Day Work Day. Our goal is to finish mulching and
trimming the Farm to Bay trail. Some gardening and invasive plant
removal will round out the morning. Bring along your water bottle
and your own pruning tools if you wish. Extra gloves, tools, and
water will be provided.
We will meet and sign in at the Welcome Center before
breaking into work groups at 9am.
Migratory Bird Day and the Spring Spruce Up at Pickering Creek
Audubon Center are the last two Together Green events of the season.
Together Green is 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 these events to others! Your support does make a