I love to volunteer for various causes such as childhood cancer awareness, habitat restoration, beach cleanups, an educational citizen scientist website, nature preserves, etc. What I enjoy the most is seeing the benefit of what I do, whether it's instant gratification or knowing that it will be appreciated by someone or something in the future. The next best thing is the education! There is so much to learn when doing new things and it never stops. It's like a great river that forks into smaller streams, so many parts to one big thing.
Today I volunteered for my second wildlife transect survey. It seemed like a nice stream to take since I'm a trained naturalist/docent. It combines hiking, searching, identifying, socializing and photography. Well at least I include photography ;)
There were three wildlife transect tunnels to survey today and they were full of signs that wildlife is abundant. Sure, I prefer to see the critters themselves but so many are elusive and I just don't want to sit for hours each day and night waiting for the off chance that one will scurry by. I did see a few live critters but saw the signs such as scat, bones and tracks. Below are some pics from both of the surveys I did. If you click on the images, another tab will open that includes more information about that spotting.
I can't wait to do another wildlife transect survey again in the Spring!