Friday, January 13, 2012

Volunteer Tours

When Jennifer asked if I would like to do the volunteer tours again this season I said sure would.  Our first one was Wednesday to Laguna Atascosa NWR.

Here are just 6 of the gang who signed up for this trip. 

We left Santa Ana NWR at 8:00am.  We signed in at the vc and spent a little time in the bookstore, hiked a few close trails, checked out the facilities, and then were on our way to drive the Bayside Drive 13 mile loop of the Laguna Madre.

The freshwater wetlands were all dry, but we enjoyed the day.  The weather was perfect...very little wind!!!  We stopped at the observation deck to enjoy our sack lunch as we got to know each other a little bit better.

After lunch, we finished the loop drive, then drove over to the other observation deck where we enjoyed watching Rosette Spoonbills doing their back and forth feeding motions with those strange looking bills.  We also found a Long-billed Curlew close by, the largest shorebird in North America, which is a threatened species.

All of the other trips are completely filled with our next one being at Sal del Rey which is one of three naturally occuring salt lakes in the area and all owned by Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR. 

1 comment:

  1. Carolyn, just thought I would let you know that when we got down here at Southeast Louisiana NWR we were greeted by a couple that volunteered 4 years at Laguna! Small world of volunteers. This refuge is very different than Santa Ana. Enjoying it! :)