Friday, August 29, 2008

Goodbye, Denise!

Today. was Denise Ecker's last day as a seasonal naturalist at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. Denise arrived in March and partnered with Brad Dalton through the spring season. When Brad left for medical school, Denise stayed on as the summer seasonal naturalist and has been invaluable beyond her regular duties in preparing the education department for the coming season of school group visits.

When not leading school groups, Denise helped Jeff Mollenhauer, director of bird conservation, capture bird audio, was a counselor during summer camp, and enthusiastically completed various glamorous tasks, including taking trash to the dump, filling potholes in the driveway, and cleaning bathrooms before Storks & Corks.

Duke's BBQ in Ridgeville was the site of Denise's goodbye lunch. Ummmm. However, it's now late in the afternoon and the big lunch has us feeling like bears ready to hibernate. As if on cue, a substantial thunderstorm moved in and chased away the visitors enjoying their swampy solitude.

Happy trails and great birding, Denise!

Images by Mark Musselman

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