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Eagle Scout Dalton Staller in uniform. Photo courtesy of Marge Staller.

Eagle Scout Dalton Staller in uniform. Photo courtesy of Marge Staller.

Service Project on Refuge Is
Only Natural for This Eagle Scout

For a young man who helped band mourning doves at the ripe age of three at Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge in North Dakota, it seemed like there was no other choice than working with a national wildlife refuge to complete his Eagle Scout service project.

Dalton Staller, son of Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Manager Doug Staller, installed wooden trail markers on two hiking trails at Necedah for his Eagle Scout project. His first volunteer assignment at Necedah was donning the Puddles costume four years ago during the grand opening of Necedah’s new visitor center.

To complete his Eagle Scout project, the high school junior spent every study hall routing arrows on more than 70 posts. The wooden posts harken back to an earlier time in outdoor recreation when the wooden routed sign was pretty much standard.

“My dad tells stories about making arrows with an old machine called a cut-a-letter and using half of the letter “X” for arrows. The school has much better equipment to do the job now.”

Staller faced some challenges during his project, like downed trees and a very territorial ruffed grouse.

“This grouse would come out on the trail and try to keep us from walking past him,” Staller laughed, “it was really funny.”

By Doug Staller
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge

Last updated: January 7, 2016