You may remember that my time here volunteering for Oregon Islands NWR is supposed to end mid August. I’ve been thinking about how I could extend my time here (with no birds to show visitors) or possibly move up to Bandon NWR until at least through the Labor Day weekend. It’s still too danged hot to think about going to Jojoba in southern California in a little over two weeks.
All of tonight’s photos are taken by either Avery or Phoebe on our hike last week on the Moorman Grove trail in the redwoods of Prairie Creek State Park. Avery took the photos on the way in, and Phoebe on the hike out. I gave them my little power shot camera to use on the hike. It’s kind of interesting to see what a seven and five year old think is photo worthy.
For some reason, I’ve been a little reluctant to email the volunteer coordinator about it. I’ve enjoyed this assignment, but I’m beginning to feel it’s time to move on. So on Sunday night I decided to check out the volunteer.gov website and look for anything that might be available in northern California. I think California has the most listings of any state. There was only one Fish and Wildlife Service listing though, and it was three or four pages in. Back in February Tule Lake NWR was looking for a volunteer for the summer season. There is only one RV site at this refuge complex, and what would be the chances that they were looking for someone in the middle of August?
Well, I gave them a call yesterday morning, and, as you may have guessed, they were happy I called. It turns out there is no one in the site, and the volunteer coordinator will be leaving August 20 for a new position in Wisconsin. She was quite excited when I told her about my experience at 13 other refuges.
Yes, there will be some work in the Visitors Center, but she then asked if I’d be interested in doing a weekly bird survey in two refuges in the complex. I told her I’d have to think about that…NOT! I’ll be there at least through September, and maybe into October. Just in time for the fall waterfowl migration. Yes, I think the stars were all in alignment yesterday, and I even got to see them last night. That doesn’t happen too often along the coast.
That little Avery just might be a chip off the old Grandma Belt’s block.
Thanks for stopping by… talk to you later, Judy