Eagle Scout upgrades wildlife area

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A young Scout, working to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, recently completed a project at Fairchild that will benefit the base community for years to come.

One of the required steps toward becoming a Life Scout is the completion of an Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Mario Tedesco worked closely with Jonathan Wald, Natural Resources Planner for Fairchild, to develop a project that would enhance recreational opportunities for base personnel.

Those people who enjoy the outdoors and wildlife watching in particular will want to visit the wildlife area on the south side of the base.

Mario's service project included the complete rehabilitation of a wildlife viewing stand, the renovation of an informational kiosk, and the installation of new markers for the interpretive trail.

"The wildlife area is a great place to take in the fresh air and view a variety of wildlife species, particularly the many migratory bird species that are passing through the Spokane area this time of year," said Mr. Wald.

About this time last year, a rough-legged hawk was spotted roosting in the Russian olive trees, which can be found in the wildlife area and provide numerous perching opportunities for many species of birds.

Residents who visit the wildlife area on base will thoroughly enjoy the peace, and might be delightfully surprised at what they see on any given day.

In addition to the many birds that can be seen, many species of mammals can often be spotted as well including coyotes, badgers, yellow-bellied marmots, and white-tailed and mule deer.

If you have questions about the wildlife area or would like an educational tour, contact Mr. Wald at 247-8207 or jonathan.wald@us.af.mil.