Today, I attended a “Sticker Party” at the Effie Yeaw Nature Preserve. My friend and fellow naturalist, Roxanne, volunteered too, as did “The Other Mary” (Mary Messenger). I think there were seven volunteers in all there.
The organization had something like 3500 brochures for their kids/school programs that had been accidentally printed with “2019-2020” on them so we had to put sticky labels over that with the correct “2020-2021” dates. Some of the school districts also required special liability disclaimers on them, so those brochures also got labels with the language specified by the district.
The Effie Yeaw volunteer coordinator, Rachael, had set up coffee, water and Danishes for us, and while we were working, the Executive Director, Kent, came in with a plate full of Girl Scout cookies for us, too. That was nice.
Roxanne, The Other Mary and I worked on the brochures for about three hours. Between all of us volunteers we labeled a little over 1500 of them, so we felt really good about that.
One of the other volunteers there was a gentleman named Mike who I had met earlier in the year on a fungus walk I led at the preserve. He had liked the Nikon the camera I use so much that he went out and bought one for himself. He showed me some of the photos he’d gotten with it, and they were great! I’m so glad he was as pleased with the camera as I am.
When we were done working, The Other Mary left, but Roxanne and I stopped for a little bit to take photos around the nature center. Bushtits have setup a nest in a Redbud tree there and I was able to see the mom fly back to the nest with a mouthful of what looks like bits of plant fluff and lichen. So cute! The resident Black Phoebes are also nesting under the eaves of the building and I got a few photos of them.
- Acorn Woodpecker, Melanerpes formicivorus
- Black Phoebe, Sayornis nigricans
- Bushtit, American Bushtit, Psaltriparus minimus
- California Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly, Battus philenor hirsuta
- European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris
- Oak Titmouse, Baeolophus inornatus
- Red-Shouldered Hawk, Buteo lineatus
- Spotted Towhee, Pipilo maculatus
- Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis
- White-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta carolinensis