a.k.a. MAN-tenance Team.

The trio: Walker Dillard, Scott Warner, and Tim McAfee.

What do they do? Important stuff. Manly stuff.

If anything needs to be built, repaired, blazed, fetched, or disposed of, these fellas are on the job. They’re the handy men of the Barrier Island Environmental Program.

“David said he’s had a hard time recruiting maintenance team volunteers in the past,” says Walker. “But we don’t really understand why no one would want this job.”

Apparently, fixing stuff, blazing trails and driving the golf cart around is pretty empowering.

 

Walker was born and raised in Charleston, and he graduated from Winthrop University with a Theater degree.His interests are “reading and eating” (direct quote), and his favorite BI class to teach is Astronomy.

Walker’s also excited to announce that he’ll be returning next year as a Senior Naturalist. Congrats, Walker!

 

Scott hails from Geneva, Illinois. He graduated with a Biology major, Religion minor from Hope College in Michigan.

His interests include hiking and nature photography; in fact, most of the photos used on the Naturalists of BI Blog are his. Scott’s favorite BI class is Woods/Wetlands.

 

 

Tim’s hometown is Marietta, Ohio; he graduated from Radford University with a degree in Elementary Education. In his spare time, Tim likes camping and video games (though it’s pretty difficult to do both at the same time).

His favorite BI class is Let’s Sea (the “mud pit class”).

 

Recently, the Maintenance Team has blazed and cleared additional trails to bypass the flooding we’ve encountered this winter. They’ve also built a few mini-bridges and lent a hand to other work crews (fence building for the Garden Crew, repairs for the Herpetarium Squad, etc.) in addition to the usual upkeep that includes collecting/washing our mud pit shoes and keeping our firewood stocked.

  • Our mud pit shoe smorgasbord.

    Our mud pit shoe smorgasbord.

  • Tim's making sure that our gator friend can breathe in his portable home.

    Tim's making sure that our gator friend can breathe in his portable home.

  • The rope bridge that students cross during our Water Moc class.

    The rope bridge that students cross during our Water Moc class.

  • Firewood breeds affection, apparently.

    Firewood breeds affection, apparently.

  • The blue/orange trail has been expanded to avoid the flooding.
  • The temporary flood bridge, soon to be enhanced.

    The temporary flood bridge, soon to be enhanced.

On behalf of the BI staff: thanks, fellas, for all the hard work and the can-do attitude.