Well, the summer is almost over. Brandon and Sarah have returned to the University of Wyoming and should have completed their first day back in class. The crowds here in Cody are beginning to dwindle, but the show must go on! And go on it shall. While I enjoyed having Sarah take over the blog for me for the summer (as I’m sure you did as well— she did a FANTASTIC job), I figured I should, at least, check back in with everyone before letting one of our fabulous volunteers try her hand at blogging (but we’ll get to that later).
The summer was a smash hit here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Although we started off a bit sluggish, the summer is ending with a big bang. We are averaging more than 150 program attendees daily which makes our jobs so much more fun! Even though I’m tired, hot, and sweaty, nothing picks up my spirits like seeing a group of folks anxiously awaiting the birds and what we have to say about them. Just another daily reminder of why I have the best job in the world!
While I’ve got you here, I have to put out a very HUGE and heart-felt thank you to all my volunteers this summer. Since starting, each of them has had to adapt to changing schedules, changing protocols for the birds, and helping out interns who were thrown into the job like a lobsters into the pot (horrible comparison, I know, but it’s probably the most accurate). And they truly rose to the challenge! I couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated crew of helpers and I hope they all know just how much they are appreciated!
Although the season is winding down, we are still working hard. One week of summer shows left, the birds will get a nice vacation for the rest of September, and then we begin our season of travelling to schools and other venues for more programs and we’re definitely looking forward to that!
Keep checking in, folks! Next time I’ll introduce to you Anne the volunteer who has lots of great experiences to share with you as well!
Melissa, the Raptor Wrangler