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Restoring Nature TNC's staff gets to work at the Acopian Preserve in Pennsylvania. © The Nature Conservancy/George C. Gress

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Volunteer Spotlight Mike Krauson has devoted the annual volunteer day provided by his employer to Eales Preserve, picking up trash in and around the preserve. © Mike Krauson

Volunteer Spotlight

Mike Krauson

For the last two years, Mike Krauson has devoted the annual volunteer day provided by his employer to Eales Preserve. In October 2021 Mike went above and beyond, collecting 11 garbage bags of trash, one bin of recyclables, a broken desk, wooden pallets and concrete beams from access points across the preserve. When he realized he had collected more than his car could haul, Mike called the local township who dispatched a member of the DPW with a truck to remove all the debris off site. Our thanks to Mike for his time and hard work!

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Dr. Jerry Skinner Resident Naturalist, Woodbourne Forest & Wildlife Preserve. © courtesy Jerry Skinner

30 Years of Service

It was with mixed emotions that we announced in 2020 that Dr. Jerry Skinner was retiring from his post as resident naturalist at Woodbourne Forest & Wildlife Preserve.

"I’m truly grateful and honored to have had the privilege of living on the preserve for 30 years, raising my family here, and playing in this big back yard. I couldn’t have imagined a better fit for my skills and interests," said Dr. Skinner.

For the better part of 30 years, Dr. Skinner provided environmental education experiences to countless members of the community, from 2nd graders at the local schools, to students from Keystone College, where he taught, to adults wanting to catch a glimpse of a rare bird in the spring. For those who know Dr. Skinner, he is quite the birder and always knew where they would be in Susquehanna County.

“I was fortunate enough to experience the Woodbourne Preserve for the first time with Jerry as my tour guide,” recalled PA/DE chapter Volunteer Coordinator Molly Anderson. “This preserve has held a special place in my heart ever since. Dr. Skinner’s wealth of knowledge about our natural world and his way of explaining it is very special, so it’s hard not to fall in love with the birds, plants, insects and all the interconnected intricacies of nature that he shares with visitors to the preserve.”

The preserve just won’t be the same without him. We can’t thank Dr. Skinner enough for the impression he has left on this special place and we wish him all the best for his next chapter.

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