1ST "FRIEND OF THE YEAR AWARD" 2008,
Gordon Hedrick of St. John has been volunteering with FOQ since the organization was founded, serving on the board and as president. Gordon also helps out at the Fishing Clinic, teaching boating safety, at hunting
education workshops and as one of the head "Campfire Cooks." "The Friends of Quivira reach out to children of all ages, our next generation to love nature and her creatures," Hedrick said, when asked why he stays so
involved in FOQ. "Any experience on the Refuge with children is enhanced,
better than on your own, from bird watching to cooking dinner with Dad (at
Mothers Day Off)."
2006 FOQ VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Mary Pat Haddican of St. John, is an avid bird watcher. She assists with Friends events as a guide during spring and fall migration. Haddican offers to take small tour groups through the Refuge during spring and fall migration to find whooping cranes and shorebirds. She also volunteers at the Refuge, conducting shorebird surveys during spring and fall shorebird migration. "Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn more about the Refuge and its wildlife under the guidance of the experts on the staff," Haddican said. "Quivira is an internationally-known birding spot," Haddican said. "Whether your interest is watching geese and cranes against the setting sun or scrounging the back roads for lifers (bird life list), you can find it at Quivira."