Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations to Fran Reichl, the National Aviary’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year!

A volunteer since May 2016, Fran has accumulated volunteer hours at an unprecedented rate, contributing more than 1000 hours per year. She epitomizes the concept of lifelong learning. She arrived at the Aviary as a retiree with a PhD in Biochemistry. Fran began as a docent, sharing her love of birds with our guests then quickly learned to lead tours, feed penguins, teach classes, prepare meals for the National Aviary's birds and work in the vet hospital. Fran is passionate about the work we do here and it shines through whenever she interacts with visitors as well. We are truly thankful for the generosity of her talents and her time and honored to have her as our 2018 Volunteer of the Year. 


Congratulations to the 2017 Volunteer of the Year!