Friends' Jeopardy Quiz
Member(s) that live the farthest from the Refuges
Who are Heidi and Mark Sterk from Belgium?
Number of U.S. States with LS&CKNWR Friends members
What is 28 U.S. States?
International Countries with LW&CKNWR Friends members
What are Belgium and Canada?
How did the Sterks happen upon our Refuges you ask? They came to the Nature Coast lured by the nature. They were fortunate enough to meet Friends members Richard and Anne Herman and go boating with them, Another Friends member, Mark Gluckman provided kayaking information about the Refuge and the nearby wild areas. They also were intrigued by the tracking of Suwannee, the swallow-tailed kite, that Friends sponsored.
Like the Sterks from Belgium, several members from Canada make up our international contingency. On U.S. shores, 28 states are represented.
Friends members come from far and wide to marvel at the Refuges’ diverse wildlife, hike the trails, kayak the waters, tour the islands, fish and hunt in the waters and woods, and learn the ways of the ancient ones who came before us. Many come solely to help protect all that is precious on these remote lands and waters.
Working the Friends table at the Cedar Key Chamber’s Welcome Center, it quickly becomes apparent to the volunteers that visitors to the area are unaware of the geographic range of the Refuge lands surrounding them. These one-on-one conversations with visitors and even locals, is one of the best ways to get word out about the important activities and accomplishments that the Friends contribute to the Refuges. But that’s not the only way – the Friends website, word of mouth, participation in regional festivals, and annual meetings also help to spread the word and promote new members, which is the life blood of the organization.
So please consider joining!