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Hazel Wolf

A calling that nearly didn’t happen...

The writer Paul Bowles said, “Nothing just happens. It depends on who comes along.” For the Audubon Society in Washington State, that “who” was Hazel Wolf. She was a labor activist, environmental campaigner, and life-long champion of causes she believed in. From 1969 until 1997, Hazel Wolf organized Audubon chapters throughout the Pacific Northwest. She made a difference for birds including her favorite, the Brown Creeper, because someone had made a difference for her. It was a calling, though, that nearly didn’t happen...

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Hazel Wolf – Making a Difference

Written by Todd Peterson

This is BirdNote.

The writer Paul Bowles said, “Nothing just happens. It depends on who comes along.” For the Audubon Society in Washington State, that who was Hazel Wolf. She was a labor activist, environmental campaigner, and life-long champion of causes she believed in. From 1969 until 1997, Hazel Wolf organized Audubon chapters throughout the Pacific Northwest. She made a difference for birds, nature, and people, because someone had made a difference for her. It was a calling, though, that nearly didn’t happen: 

One of my friends belonged to the Audubon Society, and she was always wanting me to join it. Cost a dollar. And I put her off and I put her off. I didn’t want to get committed to some such thing. Finally to shut her up I gave her a dollar. So a foot in the door. You don’t know what people are going to have a tremendous influence on your life. She’s long gone now. I often think of her, what a difference she made in my life and wonder where I would I be now if it wasn’t for Irene insisting that I join the Audubon Society.

The voice of Hazel Wolf – Learn more about her amazing contribution to birds and conservation at BirdNote.org

For BirdNote I’m Mary McCann. 

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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Ambient recording ‘Malheur’ recorded by G F Budney
Hazel Wolf recorded by Susan Starbuck, used by permission of UW Special Collections. 
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Dominic Black
© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org  August 2015  Narrator: Mary McCann

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