The Gould Outing Club Lives On
Zach Schmolka ’22 is at home in Portsmouth, NH, birding by bike rides in the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Recently he sent us some photos and insight about being in the Gould Outing Club while sheltering at home.
For the last few weeks, besides school work, I’ve tried my best to stick to a “Gould Schedule” meaning that I’ve tried to be active in clubs and activities. As a part of the Outing Club, I’ve been going on frequent bike rides, and hikes in the woods with my two dogs.
When out and about, I make sure to always have my camera with me – in case I encounter any awesome wildlife! When Mr. Hayward gave us an assignment for Outing Club last week asking us to shoot photos and identify birds on our outings, it was a perfect fit.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve seen hundreds of birds — from cedar waxwings and cardinals to bald eagles. Of course, I’ve also seen my fair share of squirrels throughout the woods. Along the water, I’ve seen herons, seagulls, and even two harbor seals.
Even though I’m not at Gould right now, I’ve still been able to watch my fair share of wildlife. I’m using my skills of navigation and tracking animals, and I’ve been covering more distance than I would at Gould.
On the other hand, being at home, and having to go on these outings myself has brought its own challenges. If I go out on the search for animals, and I encounter bad weather, it takes a lot longer to bike a few miles back home than it would to just take a brisk walk to my dorm room and wait out the storm inside with my roommates.
When life is back to normal, and we’re able to return to school, I’ll definitely start up a bird-watching (and other wildlife) club!
I’m looking forward to getting back to campus and continuing life with my friends and teachers but now, I’m really looking forward to walking around the lower fields and Pine Hill again—searching for the fox den that is somewhere very close to campus and exploring the beaver dams for the first time.