Volunteer Spotlight

July's Volunteer of the Month!

Since 2016, McMurray Resident Helen Spagna has shared her passion and consideration for the world around her with guests as a docent representing the National Aviary. Weekly, Helen acts as a steward and educator to the public about the National Aviary’s message of conservation. She has served over 400 volunteer hours and counting!

Helen says, “I have been a volunteer at the National Aviary for over two years, and the decision to do this was one of the best I’ve made in recent years. 

The rewards of volunteering are great. I really enjoy the people I’ve met and with, the wide variety of jobs offered to me, and of course, the birds. One thing that always stands out is seeing the pure joy on our visitors’ faces, especially when they have a direct interaction with the birds. Their smiles erupt when a lorikeet lands, to feed, on their arms or when a Wetlands bird eats out of their hands. That joy makes me feel so happy to be a part of it, and I  am sure it will help instill the desire in people to preserve the beauty and diversity of our planet.”

Thank you, Helen, for bringing your thoughtfulness and enthusiasm to our volunteer program!


May's Volunteer of the Month!

Mt. Lebanon, PA. resident Fran Reichl is the National Aviary's current Volunteer Spotlight! Ms. Reichl joined the National Aviary as a volunteer in 2016. With an unprecedented sense of passion and ambition, she has served over 1,900 volunteer hours in just a year and a half. Though her exceptional self-motivation, Ms. Reichl now serves as a docent and educator representing the National Aviary.

Ms. Reichl explained, “I moved back to Pittsburgh after a 17 year hiatus. During this long absence, many of my friends disappeared from the area. I signed on as a volunteer at the National Aviary to find new friends, who like me, were passionate about birds and I came to learn and to teach others about these incredible animals. These goals have been met beyond my imagination."

Thank you, Fran, for your exceptional spirit and passion as a volunteer!