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New resident volunteers arrive at refuge

December 6, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Since late September, seasonal resident volunteers have been arriving from points across the United State to stay and work at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel.

Recently, the refuge welcomed first-time resident volunteers Carl and Sandy Greenbaum. They will be presenting interpretive programs and leading nature tours throughout their stay until mid-April.

The Greenbaums, who hail from Boston originally, have been volunteering across America for 12 years, the last eight living full-time in their RV. Sandy Greenbaum previously worked as an educator, and Carl Greenbaum as an engineering manager for a non-profit technology company for 30 years.

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Carl and Sandy Greenbaum

"Our favorite place is the one we're at, so right now it's 'Ding' Darling National Wildlife Refuge," Carl Greenbaum said. "Some of our past favorites are Grand Teton National Park, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and our very first position at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge."

"We love everything about 'Ding,' but particularly the birding and the award-winning bathrooms," Sandy Greenbaum said.

Returning resident volunteers include Bob and Joan Gonzer, Ken and Louann Gum - who arrive later this month - Ron and Mary Horney, and Jack and Patty Wettstein.

Resident volunteers put in hours at the refuge in exchange for space and utilities to accommodate their RV homes.



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