In February, the Nashville area experienced an incredibly powerful windstorm that knocked power out for more than 100,000 people. The wind also toppled an estimated 600 trees, including a giant beauty on Harmony’s property. Fortunately, the massive oak missed all the humans, animals, and structures. But, it landed right where we’re planning to build another animal enclosure.
Enter our heroes: volunteers Robert Sullivan, Anna Miller, and Fax Landstreet. Robert spent three days precariously perched on a slope cutting away tree limbs while his parents supervised nervously. (For the record, we were nervous, too.)
After Robert finished the limbs, Anna and Fax took over and conquered the massive trunk. Thanks to these volunteers and their chainsaws the oak tree has been recycled into:
A thousand potential perches for our enclosures
200+ stumps for raptor feeding platforms
A peaceful circle of sitting stumps for staff meetings
Robert (and your parents!), Anna, and Fax: thank you so very much!