Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Happy Birthday Arnie!

Arnie Schrier has served World Bird Sanctuary for many years, both as a volunteer and as a Board Member.

Arnie retired from the board and from his weekly volunteering at World Bird Sanctuary in 2012.  In 2013, Arnie’s family honored him and his unwavering service to WBS by purchasing an engraved brick for his 85th birthday as part of WBS’s “Buy A Brick” program.

Sentiments expressed on WBS bricks are only limited by your imagination

On Sunday, September 1st, Arnie, his wife Thelma, and his children and grandchildren visited World Bird Sanctuary to view the brick, a fitting tribute to his dedication to our mission.

Arnie and his family came to view his brick

Arnie will be recognized by our long-term visitors as the helpful and smiling face that greeted visitors at the Visitor Information Center (the VIC) – the first stop on a visit to World Bird Sanctuary.  Arnie would let visitors know what there was to see and tell them about some of the birds they could see at the VIC.  In addition to chatting with visitors, Arnie put birds out into the weathering area in the morning, diligently scrubbed their overnight quarters, and then made sure they were fed and put to bed safely for the night before leaving.  Skyler, the Lizard Buzzard, who has since passed away, was Arnie’s favorite – and the two would “chat” back and forth while Arnie was going about his work at the VIC.

Arnie visiting with his old friend, Patriot the Bald Eagle

After an absence of over a year, it was wonderful to see Arnie back at WBS again.  We think that the engraved brick – a gift from Arnie’s family – was a great way to commemorate his 85th birthday and honor the work he has done for World Bird Sanctuary.

Thank you, Arnie – we hope that you will visit us again soon!

You can find out more about our engraved brick program here (

Submitted by Catherine Redfern, World Bird Sanctuary Naturalist/Fundraiser

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