Blackwater NWR Holds Volunteer Awards Dinner
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized volunteers of Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) at its annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner on Thursday, April 16, 2015. During 2014, 139 volunteers donated 11,798 hours of their time to Blackwater NWR! The Friends of Blackwater sponsored the awards dinner at the Elks Lodge #1272 in Cambridge in celebration of the outstanding contributions made by volunteers to Blackwater Refuge during 2014.
This year, Jed and Heather Scrimshaw received the 2014 Volunteers of the Year Award for their dedicated service to Blackwater NWR. The Scrimshaws have volunteered at the Refuge since 2012, staffing the Visitor Center weekly, and assisting with the Refuge's annual events, including the Eagle Festival and Youth Fishing Fun Day. They monitor bluebird boxes, help maintain refuge trails, and in 2015, were elected to the Board of Directors for the Friends of Blackwater and now serve as Assistant Bookstore Managers for the Eagle's Nest Bookstore and Gift Shop. Together they have been a valuable asset to the Refuge and to all those who visit.
See the volunteer newsletter (236 KB PDF file) for more information on the volunteer awards for 2014. And thanks to all those wonderful individuals who did so much in 2014 to make Blackwater NWR a great place!