Refuge News

Look where our Avocet hat was seen! The photo was accompanied by a note from Cathryn and Robert Steeley:

“We hope you might recall selling one of your hats to a couple from England a couple of weeks ago and asking us to send you a photo of said hat when we got home?  Well we got back safe and sound and have managed to take the attached photo of Robert standing by our village sign during the scarecrow festival this weekend just gone.  We had a great time driving round the refuge and were impressed by the number of different species we could see.  We hope everything goes well with the refuge and thank all the volunteers who have made it possible.”


Thank you, Cathryn and Robert. We hope to see you back at the Refuge some day!

Latest News from Kathi Stopher, the Visitor Services Manager at the Refuge:

Hi Everyone! Hope your summer is going well and you’re staying cool during this very hot season. Refuge staffing changes seem to have settled down, we still are facing many challenges – challenges which the volunteers are helping to offset by being present. Updates, that are important to note:

Due to unforeseen staffing shortages, we will continue to close the first and third Saturdays of each month.  So, our new hours are as follows:

T – F 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  

Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10:00 am. – 4:00 p.m..

  1. Unit 2D, the big pond on the Auto Tour Loop, is filled to target.  Visitors are reporting that viewing is GOOD, with some recent Clark’s grebes babies still riding on parents’ backs.
  2. We are looking for a Tuesday afternoon (1-5) volunteer to fill in on a temporary basis.  If interested and available, please contact Kathi or Danielle.
  3. We will continue to use this informal Refuge Update instead of the beautiful and more formal newsletter for the time being.
  4. Last but not least, Winston is giving a “RECOMMEND” to visitors to go to the Little Valley General Store in Mantua for a great summer sandwich ~ Thanks, Winston, for that tip!

We thank you for all that you do and for your patience as BRR adjusts to new changes!


(And thanks to Kathi for keeping us updated on the latest changes at the Refuge!)