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Apr 9, 2012 - Time to say good bye!

On Sunday, the 1st of April, we pulled out of the Volunteer Village for the last time. After saying our good-byes we left with heavy hearts on the one hand but with high expectations for a month of lake living and good bass fishing! We arrived at Lake Sam Rayburn in eastern Texas about 4 hours later. We have so many wonderful memories of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. We had the pleasure of working for some of the greatest people. Lee Gaston the Volunteer Coordinator and all the other fellows at the Field Office; Bryan Adams, the...

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Mar 23, 2012 - All Work and No Play?

You know how they say “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Well, since we only work three days a week, leaving 4 days to play, there is no way we can call be called 'dull boys”, right? On our off time we have been exploring the local area. We tried our hand at crabbing, went to the Sea Center, and Rick got to practice being a Johnny Appleseed. Well, not exactly an Appleseed but a tree planter. The Fish and Wildlife people had 300 Live Oak saplings that needed to be planted so it was all hands on deck for a dirty, messy morning of...

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Mar 2, 2012 - Mosquitoes Galore!

If you have been following this blog for the last few weeks you know that we are on the Gulf Coast and that we have a mosquito problem, Houston! Good grief but life is certainly a challenge in this environment! We should have known something was up when we asked the Volunteer Coordinator about what to wear and Lee told us that a mosquito jacket would be handy. Would it ever! Hardly a day goes by that we don't wear them, especially Rick since he is outside so much. And we have to spray that disgusting, oily repellant on all exposed...

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Feb 19, 2012 - Fun and Learning at Brazoria WLR

This past Thursday was the first field trip tour that I was able to help with. The rain held off and 77 students arrived at the Discovery Center at 9:00AM. The new volunteers, myself and Richard and Kathy Trice, were there to learn and assist where needed. Mainly we just observed. And it was a BLAST! The students were divided into 6 groups of approximately 13 each. The 6 segments for the students were photography; learning to use binoculars and birding; herpetology; studying the exhibits; seining in the marsh; and lab studies. I followed...

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Feb 12, 2012 - Brazario

We have been at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for two weeks now. We drove south from Livingston, through Houston and then into the Gulf Coast area on Sunday. We took it slow and easy and decided to stay in Seaside Beach, TX. The park that we had reserved at was a big disappointment so we pulled out before we set anything up. Since it is not the tourist season for the area we thought the $35 per night plus another $5 dollars for the boat was excessive. Plus the person in charge was not on site to answer any questions. It is very...

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