Photo Credit: USFWS
Caption: Staff from North Carolina Coastal Plain National Wildlife Refuge Complex recently honored volunteers for their hours of dedication to North Carolina refuges. Volunteers help fulfill the missions of Alligator River, Pea Island, Pocosin Lakes and Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuges by interacting with visitors at visitor centers, helping with maintenance, conducting outreach and education programs, assisting with biological programs, and many other behind-the-scenes duties. This year, 153 individuals donated 20,651 hours. Volunteers include seasonal interns, Resident Volunteers, community service groups, and local residents.
The highlight of the evening was the awarding of Volunteer of the Year to Wendy & Roy Gatewood. An annually returning couple from Florida, Wendy and Roy assisted at regional visitor centers. Roy helped out with mowing, carpentry and other maintenance work.
Each year an appreciation banquet is held during which volunteers are awarded certificates and/or pins recognizing their cumulative hours spent volunteering.
If you are interested in volunteering on the refuges, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Tracey Rock at email@example.com
or 252-473-1131 ext. 227. Volunteers are especially needed to greet visitors and assist in the gift shops at the four regional National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Centers (National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island, Pocosin Lakes Refuge in Columbia, Mattamuskeet Refuge in Swan Quarter and Pea Island Refuge). Whether you have a full day or part of a day, we look forward to meeting you as you give of your time helping with the missions of these wonderful refuges.
Until January 2nd, see the beautiful Wildlife Art Expo showing in the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center auditorium on Roanoke Island. Four artists have work hanging that includes pieces in oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil & ceramic. Artwork purchases supports local national wildlife refuges, the artists and they make great gifts.