Deputy Refuge Manager Larry Woodward and Refuge Fire Expert and Biologist Vic Doig have been out talking to the public. The message -- a bad day at the Refuge is still better than a good day in almost any other job they can think of.
We in the Friends of Refuges believe our Refuges need and deserve more staff and more support to accomplish their mission. We are frustrated by staff and resource reductions.
You might think the staff would be disheartened and discouraged, and maybe they are sometimes. But they clearly cherish the work that we-the-people entrust to them. They are ready and eager to talk about it.
Larry Woodward gave a presentation at the Gainesville Senior Recreation Center about what it is like to be a Refuge leader, and how the work makes a difference in our world.
Vic Doig talked to students at the University of Florida Career Fair about the value of Refuge work and the sense of professional accomplishment that comes with the job.