So there I was, foraging along the banks of Lake Gegoka when I heard a strange buzzing sound. It wasn’t the buzz that comes when I walk too close to a hornet’s nest. And it wasn’t the buzzing that happens when those really big metal birds occasionally fly over.
No, this was a sort of buzzing I hadn’t heard since last fall when I spent a few weeks at Conservation Minnesota’s main office. When I was there, the head honcho gave me an electronic doohickey he wanted me to keep handy. See, as the Wildlife Coordinator, I don’t spend much time communicating with the humans. It was clear what was causing the buzzing – my electronic doohickey. I flipped it onto the ground, it popped open, and soon I heard the nice man’s voice.
He needed my help.
It seems Give To The Max Day is once again rapidly approaching, and as I am Conservation Minnesota’s go-to Max, they were hoping I could come back down for a couple of days to help out. Knowing the good work Conservation Minnesota does protecting the lakes and woods I call home, I knew I had to drop everything and get down there. Give to the Max day is tomorrow, Thursday, November 12th. But you don’t have to wait – donations can be scheduled in advance of the big day.
My journey to the big city was quite an adventure! I was surprised by how many people were wearing blaze orange and roaming through the woods. Every now and then they made a loud scary noise, and some of my deer friends told me to run!
Running for that long got a little tiring. Luckily, I found a stand up paddle board like the one all the kids are using these days, and decided to try it out. I was a little tippy at first, but I got the hang of it. A little later, I ran into a couple of young boys who were out on a canoe adventure with their dog, and they let me join for a while. Good thing I was there to help them get through the cattails! Once I got close to the office, my co-worker from Conservation Minnesota met me with her tandem bike and brought me the rest of the way. I couldn’t believe how many great biking trails there are in the city!
Conservation Minnesota is a great organization, and while the building manager said he hoped to never see me again after I broke several chairs and the elevator in my previous visit, I am excited to get back to work this week talking to people about the organization and how to help support the important work we do.