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Monday, June 13, 2005

A hot and sweaty volunteer weekend!

Despite the heat and humidity, another successful volunteer weekend is done! A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who came out, and to our food and drink sponsors (Quizno's, Subway, A&W, Burger King, Weber's Downtowner, Orillia Bakery and Deli, King's Buffet, and No Frills) as well!

Projects included digging the trench for the fence around the outdoor red-eared slider enclosure (now if we can just find a sponsor for the fence!), backfilling and grading of the outdoor wood turtle enclosure, sanding the drywall compound in 8 of the custom enclosures in the main exhibit area (eastern fox snake, blue racer, eastern indigo, bull snake, western hognose snake, eastern hognose snake, black roughneck monitor and prehensile-tailed skink), siliconing the viewing windows in the green iguana, burmese python, and boa constrictor enclosures, concrete patching, firewood stacking, moving bricks and timbers, planting trees, shrubs, and a few tomatoes, and sorting bark slabs for use in some of the enclosures and an upcoming fence project. We were busy! I'll try to get some pictures up soon.

Attendance was a little lower than in previous years, but we still had a solid group of regulars along with some new faces which is great to see! After dinner on Saturday, everyone was eager to cool off in the pool, and a vigorous game of basketball ensued which we think was won by the guys this time. Since we quit working a little early due to the heat, we still had time for a movie after getting out of the pool. Sunday afternoon saw us back in the pool again to cool off before things wrapped up!

I'll try to announce the date for the fall volunteer weekend a little bit farther ahead so that more people can plan for it. It should be sometime in October. I hope we'll see you then!

Posted by Jeff Hathaway at 12:35 PM | Comments (2)  


Pictures are now up on Flickr; see the gallery at the right of the website. Jeff Hathaway at 9:45 AM, June 26, 2005  
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