Some of the contributions of youth volunteers in 2020 included:Eagle Scout Projects! Scouts built a shed, helped us clear out invasive plants, designed, built and installed a solar powered compost bin, developed a volunteer project to control invasive plants, and created and mounted new signs on our trails at Edith L. Moore; as well as built owl boxes for our High Island Sanctuaries.
Memorial Teens for Green and Langham Creek Students Protecting Animals of America joined us once a month helping to maintain the trails and clean litter out of Rummel Creek.
LinC - Bonner Scholars traveled from Washburn University in New Jersey on a service trip and spent a day cleaning up garbage at Smith Oaks and spent another day building boardwalks at the Raptor and Education Center.
UT School of Architecture’s Gulf Design Lab camped out over night at our new Hulsey Coastal Operation Center to build bridges and other infrastructure.
Youth continue to impress us, in fact, more of them reach out to offer to help than we are able to work with. So on behalf of Houston Audubon and the birds we are so thankful for their contributions, and we think honoring them is a great way for us to kick off National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
By Lauren Miheli, Member and Volunteer Manager