Twenty-seven enthusiastic volunteers from teens
to retirees participated in National Public Lands Day at Pickering
Creek Audubon Center on Sunday, September 19.Twenty-one participants
were first time volunteers.
Thirteen St. Peter and Paul Key club students descended upon
Gilbert Byron house, painting the cedar siding with wood sealant,
washing windows, and scraping doors. Four members of the Washington
College Student Environmental Association joined other volunteers
trimming overgrowth and laying out logs to mark trails. This group
also worked hard spreading mulch around the educational area behind
the office. Other
volunteers industriously cut, bundled and stacked the corn stalks as
decoration for Pickering Creek’s annual Harvest
Volunteers had the
chance to immediately see the fruits of their labor, enjoy a
well-earned lunch break, and learned a little natural history along
Several teens discovered fresh figs for the first time while
they helped clear the children’s garden. Supplies and lunch were
covered in part by Together
Green, a partnership between Audubon and Toyota Foundation to
encourage volunteerism for conservation.
to the first installment of the volunteer spotlight. This new
section will feature an individual, a group of volunteers, or a
special activity supported by our volunteers at Pickering Creek.
This year local teens volunteered at Pickering Creek
throughout the spring and during summer camp as part of our pilot
Junior Naturalist, or Youth Conservation Leadership Club. Two shining star volunteers,
Seaghan Lambert and Leah Hoxie, each logged over 120 hours at
Pickering Creek this past April through August Beginning in April
students in 7th through 12th grades were given opportunities to
wrack up their service learning hours by learning about nesting in
Wood Duck boxes, learning about invasive plants at Earth Day
Workday, learning about oyster restoration efforts, and studying and
practicing leadership at summer camp. The club combines
practical conservation efforts with gaining confidence in leadership
skills. In addition to volunteering, Seaghan and Leah also
took part in other Junior Naturalist activities including amphibian
searches through the wetlands (one of Seaghan’s highlights), bird
walks, and field trips to other conservation centers.
Seaghan, an 8th grader at Easton Middle School, and
Leah, a sophomore at Easton High School, were among 12 of their
peers throughout the Chesapeake Bay region to participate in the
Junior Naturalist program this past season. “I just really
love nature and helping kids learn about nature,” says Seaghan.
This season’s conservation leadership club will start in late
October and run through another great summer with many more exciting
naturalist adventures and volunteer opportunities. “He enjoyed himself and it was
refreshing to see him involved in something besides video games”,
says one club member’s parent.
COMING UP IN
Hoedown Workdays! October 7, 8 and 10
Help get ready for
the 19th annual Harvest
Hoedown at Pickering Creek Set up for the big days on October 7
and 8, Thursday evening from 5-7pm and Friday morning 9am until its
done. The more hands
the merrier. We also need many
hands at the Hoedown to make it successful. This annual open house
is a great time to bring out family and friends. Consider staying
for the day and volunteering for one or more shifts in the following
area: 1) the gate, 2) parking, 3) Pickering welcome tent 4) wagon
loading and unloading (at house, office, and garden) 4) children’s
area, 5) Pickering beverage canoe, 6) Webster, costumed mascot and
escort, 7) boat ticket sales, and 8) trash collection. Three work shifts are
10:30am-12 pm, 12-2pm and 2-4pm. Contact Samantha Pitts to
learn more about tasks in each area and sign up.
Volunteer Appreciation Event October
the lookout for your invitation to this year’s volunteer
appreciation event to be held on October 27 from 5-7:30pm. The
Pickering staff would like to thank you all in person for your
generous gift of time as a volunteer this year.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
4 Event Volunteer Orientation. This will be an excellent
training for volunteers who plan to help out at Waterfowl festival
and other public events.
11-14 Waterfowl Festival Booth volunteers are needed.
14 Pickering Creek’s new Sunday
Walk –n- Talk birding series. The first in the series will
be Feeder Birds. It will also be the kickoff of Pickering’s Citizen
Science Bird Team. Look for more details about special volunteer
activities planned around the public program that day.More details will be
in the November edition of Bird Call.