People of all ages and backgrounds who want to help Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge accomplish our mission can volunteer by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator, Megan Wandag, at 515-994-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers help with a wide variety of projects, including seed collecting and cleaning, planting and transplanting seedlings, invasive plant monitoring and removal, trail maintenance, staffing the bookstore and information desk, assisting with environmental education and interpretive programs, maintaining equipment and the grounds, assisting with office tasks, participating in Adopt-A-Trail, and helping at special events and Second Saturday Stewardship days. Opportunities range from just a few hours to long-term projects, taking place any day of the week. Individuals and groups are welcome. No experience is necessary.
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A grassland specialist, this medium-sized owl can often be seen in winter and is easily identified by its characteristic floppy flight. Photo by Jason Murphy.