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Volunteer Spotlight: Blair Reid and Anne McKean

Posted on March 26, 2018

FortWhyte has always been a special nature getaway for Anne McKean and Blair Reid.

In the beginning, as members they just loved spending their spare time here. In 2014, Blair felt it was time to volunteer somewhere in the community where they could give back and make a difference.

As birding is a passion for Anne and Blair, FortWhyte seemed like a good place to put their passion to good use in the name of education and supporting healthy bird populations.

Each spring and fall, Blair shares his knowledge and experience with new birders, pointing out the diversity of the bird species that migrate through FortWhyte Alive, through our popular Birding and Breakfast experiences. In addition to being a birding leader, Blair has taken part in bird counts, duties at FortWhyte Farms, and volunteered as course marshal for 5 and 10k fundraising races.

Anne enjoys meeting visitors at the information desk and hearing their stories. One day a woman from British Columbia reminisced on swimming in the lakes as a child and she expressed delight on how FortWhyte has grown into the natural space it is today. FortWhyte truly is a place dear to many people, far and wide -- and our volunteers play a big role in hearing and sharing stories like these.

Blair and Anne love volunteering at FortWhyte Alive, and have found community here.

Thank you Blair and Anne for your contribution over the years and continued presence here at FortWhyte Alive.

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