Volunteer Spotlight , Sue Bathauer
Once Sue knew that Florida would be her permanent residence, she wanted to learn everything about the unique flora and fauna that surrounded her. Taking horticulture classes, Sue became a Master Gardener and completed the requirements for the coveted title of Florida Master Naturalist.
As Sue became familiar with the area, she learned about the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park and their variety of native wildlife. Her extensive background in interpretation and raptor training drew her to the State Park’s wildlife department, where she is often found caring for the extensive bird collection.
Sue enjoys sharing her wildlife knowledge and educating visitors about animals that may have a negative reputation such as snakes, vultures, and alligators. After visitors enjoy Sue’s program, they leave with a better understanding and appreciation of these species and their importance in the ecosystem. Sue’s passion, however, is with the raptors and her program on the red-tail hawk reflects her undeniable commitment to public education and awareness.
Contributing her skills and time, Sue believes that through volunteering she can positively influence the lives of the park’s inhabitants and foster a culture of environmental appreciation and protection