Needless to say I got the job, and shortly after arriving from Toronto, had an interview with Maureen Witkowski, whom many of you will remember as the volunteer coordinator before Barbara. It seemed the Center had been looking (or waiting) for someone who had a primary interest in insects. For the past few years I had been studying and photographing the odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) of Ontario in my spare time. I had given lectures at naturalist meetings. I had even led a couple of odonate field trips to the Long Point area on Lake Erie. (While the groups were small, most of the people (including myself) lived over 100 miles away from this area.) I qualified.
Anyway, as Maureen and I discussed what I could do as a volunteer, the idea for a Bug Walk came up. The thought of going from a detailed study of one order of insects and an interest in another to bugs in general seemed rather daunting (especially since I had only been in the area about a month and didn't have a clue as to what was about), but we decided to give it a try. According to Maureen, Steve was somewhat incredulous when this idea was presented but certainly willing to try it. The first Bug Walk took place about a month later. I remember my apprehension - what if I couldn't find any bugs? The fifth successful season of Bug Walks has just finished. I certainly don't worry about finding bugs anymore - the participants are great at this.
Ron Lyons (volunteer 1990-1999)