By Wayne Rhoden and Lori Franz
When we started this Chapter in 2010, we had very few volunteer projects and members had to scramble to find enough hours to certify and re-certify. Now we have many to choose from and members cannot get to the ones they wish to join. Our Spring Class has started, and we had a Project Fair at the second class and had an overwhelming turnout from our Project Chairs. I saw many names on the signup sheets. I want everyone to get them involved. You are their mentors and advisors and are the ones they look to for volunteer involvement.
In our latest newsletter, you will see many volunteering activities and monthly programs to join. Garey Park is in full swing for the spring and is offering additional opportunities we did not have last year. (Remember that to volunteer there you must take their training and pass their background, which is in addition to ours.) The Red Poppy Festival is also coming up in April and there will be three days of volunteer activities for you there. Do not forget the Chapter Picnic coming up in May which will be a great time to mix with all the Chapter members. We have invited the Balcones Chapter to come to the picnic also. Watch your email for Sign-up Genius options on the activities.
Be sure to join fellow members at the upcoming Chapter Meetings. The next two months feature:
Larry Fowler, retired botanist, will speak April 25 on “How Might One Become a Field Botanist and Organize a Field Survey.” You’ll hear about the seven steps needed, with one of the steps to acquire education. Yet, formal academic training is not necessary; and desire is the most valuable resource. Come hear how to become a field botanist, conduct field surveys and share that data for others to benefit. And don’t forget the benefit of using iNaturalist for your data.
Then on May 23, Ed Sones, a retired chemist from a major oil and chemical company speaks on “Wildlife Rehabilitation.” He is President of the Board of Directors with Austin Area Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc., and is permitted by Texas Parks and Wildlife and by US Fish and Wildlife, working with all native mammal and avian species except eagles. Last year he admitted 1,070 individual wildlife at his home including about 400 mammals and 650 birds. Come hear his story and be prepared to meet a few of his ambassadors for the species!
Many thanks to all of you who take the time to volunteer for our Chapter. We know that you also have another life and we appreciate you sharing your time with us. See you out there!