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Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance follow Rob Alvey

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance follow Rob Alvey (off camera) through an overgrown section of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013). Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Garden City bird sanctuary turns young and old into naturalists

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance follow Rob Alvey
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance follow Rob Alvey (off camera) through an overgrown section of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Liberty Mutual premium auditor Matt Griff and other
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Liberty Mutual premium auditor Matt Griff and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City High School listen to Rob Alvey speak. (June 21, 2013).

Rob Alvey divvies up tools for volunteers. (June
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Rob Alvey divvies up tools for volunteers. (June 21, 2013).

Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird
Photo Credit: Handout

Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, speaks about the nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin.

Volunteers from a Boy Scout troop sit in
Photo Credit: Handout

Volunteers from a Boy Scout troop sit in front of the original sanctuary sign.

Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird
Photo Credit: Handout

Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, speaks with young volunteers about the nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin.

Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer and board member at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, got her family involved with the sanctuary, too. (left to right) Charlie, 49, Marc, 16, Sara, 19, John, 14, Cathy, 46. (July 19, 2013)

Photo albums and old news clippings document the
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Photo albums and old news clippings document the history of Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a landscape that no longer looks like a neglected trash basin. (June 21, 2013).

Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, leads the Nature Camp, a weeklong class for youth. Here she watches a presentation by Cathy Horvath, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator from Massapequa. (July 25, 2013).

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Volunteers from Liberty Mutual Insurance and Garden City High School at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary (June 21, 2013).

Liberty Mutual staff Dan Holst, left, of Queens,
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Liberty Mutual staff Dan Holst, left, of Queens, and Gilberto Morales, of Farmingdale, and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Ed Kenna and other volunteers cut and carry undesired and invasive plants for Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Rob Alvey, director of the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, gives his volunteers a tour of the nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Photos on display at Rob Alvey's Garden City
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Photos on display at Rob Alvey's Garden City Bird Sanctuary, a nine-acre landscape transformed from a neglected storm-water basin. Volunteers from both Liberty Mutual and Garden City High School help clear invasive plants and remove undesired trees from the Garden City Bird Sanctuary. (June 21, 2013).

Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, talks with Nature Camp participant, Ben Woo, 10, of Garden City. (July 24, 2013).

Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Elizabeth Bailey, a volunteer educator at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, leads the Nature Camp, a weeklong class for youth. Here she holds a python named Banana during a presentation by Bobby and Cathy Horvath, licensed wildlife rehabilitators from Massapequa. (July 25, 2013).

Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Sara Kulins, 19, of North Bellmore, a volunteer and board member at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary, checks out the peppers growing in one of the garden beds. Sara got her family involved with the sanctuary, too. (July 19, 2013).

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