Birder's Guide

MAY 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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35 May 2016 | Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex. None of its accomplishments could have been achieved without its members and volunteers. "Not only do our volunteers help maintain and restore unique habitats on our refuges, they also get the enjoyment of viewing wildlife in areas of the refuges that most of the public doesn't venture into," he says. Volunteering Directly with the FWS In addition to volunteer work performed by Friends groups and their members, many in- dividuals volunteer directly with the FWS. To facilitate this, the FWS has employees dedi- cated to coordinating volunteers both at a national and regional level. Some individual refuges with high visitor counts also have dedi- cated volunteer coordinators. Not surprisingly, these refuges receive far more volunteers. There are volunteer opportunities for virtu- ally all ages and skill levels, from those who need complete on-the-job training to those who bring highly relevant skills to the table, includ- ing wildlife surveying, carpentry, accounting, or heavy machinery operation. To the extent possible, the FWS attempts to match volunteer skills to the work to be done. Time commitment ranges from a few hours to several months. For example, the truly dedicated can volun- teer for a six-month tour of duty monitoring

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