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Like nature? You’re needed

Tom Jackson • Feb 9, 2014 at 2:30 PM

The Friends of Magee Marsh like to spot local birds.

But these days, members also are keeping a sharp watch for any additional volunteers who might flock to join them.

The support group for the state’s 2,202-acre wildlife area, a nationally prominent birding area, is looking for volunteers to help staff the Sportsman Migratory Bird Center.

The Friends group particularly needs help during May, when large groups of birdwatchers migrate to the area to view birds, said Suzan George, a volunteer with the group who manages the gift shop.

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends with other people who are interested in nature, and you’ll find yourself in a beautiful area that always has plenty of wildlife, George said.    

Volunteers are needed from March (when the bird center opens) through November to handle tasks such as scheduling programs and events, working in the garden, helping in the gift shop and answering questions from visitors. They’re asked to work a minimum of one six-hour day a month.

The Friends have about 30 volunteers now, George said.

Mary Warren, a Sandusky naturalist who retired from Magee Marsh at the end of last year, said volunteers are key to keeping Magee Marsh going.

“The place wouldn’t be able to operate without the volunteers. It’s that simple,” Warren said. “During the month of May, it’s crazy busy with people”

Want to help?

A volunteer training session for new Friends of Magee Marsh volunteers has been scheduled for noon March 8 at the Sportsman Migratory Bird Center at Magee Marsh and includes a pizza lunch.

If you want to volunteer and attend the session, send a message on Facebook to the group’s Facebook site, and include your name, phone number and address.

Or send an email to store@friendsofmageemarsh.org  with your contact information.

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