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Rhode Island Volunteer Couple Support National Wildlife Refuge While Celebrating Their 50th Wedding Anniversary
Northeast Region, April 18, 2013
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Beverly and Gil Lavallee with Sarah Lang, Volunteer Coordinator, as she hands out the
Beverly and Gil Lavallee with Sarah Lang, Volunteer Coordinator, as she hands out the "1000 Hour Club" volunteer fleeces. - Photo Credit: Shannon Griffith
Gil and Beverly Lavallee celebrating the donation of a bench at the recently built tower at Kettle Pond Visitor Center.
Gil and Beverly Lavallee celebrating the donation of a bench at the recently built tower at Kettle Pond Visitor Center. - Photo Credit: Janis Nepshinsky
The Lavallees relaxing on dedicated bench while looking out at Block Island Sound from accessible tower at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge.
The Lavallees relaxing on dedicated bench while looking out at Block Island Sound from accessible tower at Kettle Pond Visitor Center, Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. - Photo Credit: Janis Nepshinsky

Rhode Island NWR Complex and volunteers Gil and Beverly Lavallee celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary as well as the 110th Anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Lavallees celebrated and at the same time supported the refuge system by asking friends and family to donate to the refuge in lieu of gifts. With donations, the Friends group purchased a bench for the recently built tower at Kettle Pond Visitor Center. It is a great spot for visitors to rest and relax while looking at  the Block Island Sound and the Island!

 

The Lavallees began volunteering at the refuge complex in 2001, and have a combine total of 11,163 hours. They work every Tuesday afternoon staffing the front desk at Kettle Pond Visitor Center. Besides welcoming and orienting visitors, they also co-manage the gift shop, organize the nature crafts table and compile press articles. They also help at special events like the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Judging and Awards Day, International Migratory Bird Day, and Take Me Fishing Day. Beverly Lavallee received the first national Volunteer Award for the Federal Jr. Duck Stamp Program. In addition, Gil and Beverly are trail monitors at Ninigret and Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuges.

Beverly Lavallee is also a board member of the Friends of the NWRs of Rhode Island. She helps with wine tasting events, the annual photo contest, the gift shop and the popular Wildlife Wednesday evening lectures.

Beverly and Gil Lavallee, along with our dedicated cadre of volunteers are the reason Kettle Pond Visitor Center is an award-winning facility, winning Best Of Rhode Island from RI Monthly and Yankee Magazines.

It is not just the staff that make the Rhode Island Refuges special and great places to visit, it is also due to the hard work of our dedicated and passionate volunteers like Gil and Beverly Lavallee.


Contact Info: Janis Nepshinsky, 4013649124 ext 28, janis_nepshinsky@fws.gov



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