Date: April 7, 2015
Weather: mostly cloudy
Temperature: start 70º
Wildlife count: Swamp Rabbit
Year List: 240
Birds: Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling Duck, Mottled Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Neotropic and Double-crested Cormorant, Great & Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored Herons, White & White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black & Turkey Vultures, Osprey, Northern Harrier, American Coot, Black-necked Stilt, American Golden Plover, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Long-billed Dowitchers, Laughing Gull, Mourning Dove, Crested Caracara, Eastern Kingbird, Scissortail Flycatcher, Tree, Barn, Cliff, and Cave Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Savannah Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, Boat & Great-tailed Grackles, Bronzed Cowbird, Brown-headed Cowbird, Purple Martins
The 6am alarm was not set this morning, but we were both awake well before 6. The concrete pumper truck arrived at our volunteer campground around 5:30am to set up for this monumental pour. All of the staff of the refuge complex – all 3 refuges were present by 6:30. Concrete trucks were lined up ready to pour into the pumper, and the volunteers had organized breakfast and lunch for the workers. Over 200 yards of concrete were poured, pushed out by the staff and finished by professional concrete finishers hired for that purpose. I helped a little in the set-up and then went back to the RV to bake brownies for the affair.
John realized a little later that there was no one scheduled to staff the VIS, so after checking with the Volunteer coordinator, we took our hot brownies to the community room, changed clothes, and headed for the VIS. It was an active day with lots of folks. When we got home, we checked out the new volunteer campsites that had been poured by all of the workers, and they are beautiful – spacious with a lovely view out over the prairie. Volunteers will enjoy them for a long time.
Dinner was a large fresh salad with left-over grilled chicken. We had hoped to have brownies for dessert, but learned that they were the first things to disappear. So, we’ll just make another batch later. Campfire didn’t last long tonight, as we are all pretty tired!