Doug Stucki, Volunteer of the Year with Refuge Manager, Steve Karel. (Submitted photo.)

Sherburne Refuge names Doug Stucki Volunteer of the Year

Submitted Article
Doug Stucki, St. Cloud, was named Volunteer of the Year for Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge by Manager Steve Karel at an awards dinner held at Jack & Jim’s Event Center in Duelm March 13.  Stucki has been a refuge volunteer since 1997, and in the last year donated 232 hours.
Stucki’s work has included bird and dragonfly surveys, assisting with environmental education and interpretive programs for school children and teachers visiting the refuge, and providing wildlife information at events such as the fall wildlife festival and spring celebration of nature.
He has helped to update the refuge bird checklist, and create a children’s bird checklist.  He has, for many years, led seasonal bird tours, which are very popular.  His love of nature led him to become a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and he incorporates much more than just bird identification into his tours, which participants always enjoy.  More recently, he has added butterfly tours to his repertoire, and created the refuge’s first butterfly checklist in 2012, and children’s butterfly checklist in 2013.
The refuge awarded Doug with a framed print of northern pintail ducks by Gary Moss.
Other volunteers receiving distinguished awards included Robin DeLong for 5,500 hours of service, Judy Hidde for 2,500 hours of service, Sue Hix for 2,000 hours of service, Brian Nelson, Diane Onerheim, Carrie Wolf and Marvin Ziner for 1,000 hours of service, Brad Johnson and Dean Kleinhans for 750 hours of service, and Sharon Evenson, Gary Hanson, April St. Aoro and Doug Stucki for 500 hours of service.
Twenty-year pins were given to Chuck Connell, Robin DeLong, Jay Hamernick, Ann Pasch and Ed Trunk.
Ten-year pins were given to Lois and Merwin Berhow, Roger Gale, Dan Imholte, Pam Kasper, Lee Ann Olson, Diane Onerheim, Pat Skuza and Carrie Wolf.
At the dinner, the refuge praised the efforts of a total of 676 volunteers for 7,429 hours of service during 2013.  This number includes 286 individuals from local communities who are regular volunteers, as well as 390 members of local scout troops, families, school classes, 4-H clubs, and conservation groups.
The refuge offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including adopt-a-trail or adopt-a-road programs,  roving wildlife interpreters for the wildlife drive, native plant seed collecting, and assisting with environmental education and special events.  For more information on the refuge volunteer program, or to receive a volunteer application form, contact the refuge at 763-389-3323 or email sherburne@fws.gov.
 

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