I recognized that I love to connect to people and get involved in a community. As a part of my life, I want to keep volunteering even if I am in a foreign country. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society gave me a great chance to do that, and I appreciate the many people that surround me who are always encouraging me!
Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society (WCAS) is delighted to welcome Karou Tsubone as a member and volunteer to the organization. We had a chance to talk with Kaoru about her passion for volunteering for birds and nature and her story is below.
1. What is it you do and what is your volunteer activity called?
I volunteer for several positions at Western Cuyahoga Audubon. As Volunteer Field Trip Coordinator, I give birders a warm welcome at the WCAS Second Saturday Bird Walks, monthly Field Trips, and quarterly Birding Hotspot Field Trips. I encourage participants to become a member and to join the chapter email roster to receive updates. In addition, I hand out educational materials and direct people to online resources at the WCAS website and on social media. I try to answer questions people have or direct them to people who do know the answers! The second position I volunteer for is to Staff the Chapter Exhibit for the speaker series and public events. This involves setting up the chapter exhibit table, and standing floor banner. We may conduct raffles and auctions, or give away samples of bird friendly coffee. This requires working with other chapter volunteers and members to coordinate donations and ticket sales. Lastly, as a Board Member I attend WCAS Board Meetings to report on the status of activities, make suggestions, participate in team problem solving, and just be part of a great group!
2. How did you get interested in birds and nature?
I hadn't done birding by the time I came to the U.S. February of 2017. One day while I was walking around my neighborhood, a bird caught my eye. A male Cardinal suddenly flew across in front of me and perched on a dead tree. Now I know it's one of the more common birds here, but I was impressed to see how beautiful this red bird actually was. Since then I've joined birding programs, and I love birds and nature more and more.
3. Why is volunteering important to you?
I had been a volunteer baton twirling instructor for about 15 years. Through this activity, I recognized that I love to connect to people and get involved in a community. As a part of my life, I just want to keep volunteering even if I am in a foreign country. Western Cuyahoga Audubon Society gave me a great chance to do just that, and I appreciate the many people that surround me who are always encouraging me!
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