Monday, May 23, 2016

First Week

Our first work week is over with our first assignment being a trip to Madison (State Capitol) to take water samples from the refuge.

The next day, we were given a tour of the refuge by the volunteer coordinator, Frank.

Then a trip to Green Bay, to the Wildlife Sanctuary, by way of Fond du Lac where we picked up these adorable young screech owls for rehabilitation. The parents were found dead and they are too young to be on their own. We toured their facility while there.

This being an all day trip, we stopped for lunch at Culver's. We had been advised to try their fried cheese curds...did not like them!!!

On Fridays, we travel the auto tour route, cleaning bathrooms and emptying trash. This is the busiest one being that it is right off highway 49. This is done by another volunteer on Mondays.
We were told to take our binocular and take some time to enjoy.

This Whooping Crane is hanging out on the auto tour route and in this field off 49.

Our supervisor is Mike, the maintenance man, who we took a liking to right away.

Friday, our last day of the week, we swept and organized (not all of it) one of the buildings, there are four of these nice big buildings right by where we are set up.

Then we have all these plants to keep watered until they get planted.
The visitor center is beautiful, but high maintenance with all the plantings.

I had  to make up 3 hours, so I offered to help one of the friends members, Liz, weed the "circle." This is another area of plantings about a mile from the v.c.

My body is still trying to recover.

There are great plans for us while we are here. Although we work in maintenance, we will be used in other areas. Stay tuned.

Until next time...



  1. Sounds interesting... like there'll be some exciting adventures ahead!

  2. It sounds like you guys have hit the ground running and have plenty to do. We are looking forward to more updates!

  3. Cheese curds ARE Wisconsin. But we never had them in any form when we were there.