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Peony Profile: Gary Roberts

Sunday, June 10th, 2012
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If you haven’t had the chance to meet him in person, you might recognize Gary Roberts’ name from its high frequency in the Habitat Activities Guide. This Registered Maine Guide has led countless trips for Maine Audubon over the years.

We caught up with this Peony Circle member to find out what drives his tireless passion for volunteerism.

How did you learn about Maine Audubon?
Maine Audubon (MA) has been a part of my life for such a long time that it’s difficult to remember when I first learned about it. But I definitely think it was in the late 70s that my wife and I discovered Gilsland Farm. We decided to become members to support the many excellent local programs that MA offered.

Why have you stuck with it for so long?
I believe in the advocacy work and environmental education that Maine Audubon does. MA has also provided me with a venue to be actively involved in one of my passions—natural history education.

Join Us in Honoring Our Long Term Supporters
  • Wednesday, June 13 2012, 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • Free ice cream courtesy of Toots Ice Cream in N. Yarmouth
  • Music by Flight 317 (acoustic teenage ensemble)
  • Craft book author Heidi Boyd—who will be on hand to help visitors create their own Peony Pixies
  • A drawing for select peony plants from Gilsland Farm’s renowned garden

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Peony Bloom & Ice Cream Social Sponsored by:
People's United Bank

What’s your favorite benefit of Maine Audubon membership?
This is an interesting question, because I don’t really think about what I can get from Maine Audubon. I think more about what I can give in volunteering. What I get back is the opportunity to visit MA’s many sanctuaries and become friends with many like-minded people.

What volunteering have you done over the years?
I started volunteering in the early 80s and haven’t stopped. I started with Winter Ecology Walks, then programs at Scarborough Marsh and Mast Landing. Then I joined the Speakers’ Bureau and took the Maine Audubon programming to the public. When I was asked to lead an overnight program to Swan Island in Merrymeeting Bay, I got hooked on being a trip leader. Soon I joined with MA volunteer George Libby and we started leading overnight and day trip programs across the state. In 2000, I was named Audubon Volunteer of the Year.

Any quotes come to mind to sum up your volunteer experience?
A friend gave me this quote, which I have adopted as part of my guiding philosophy: ‘It’s not the getting there that counts, but what you discover along the way. Enjoy the journey…’