Retired coronavirus researcher raises funds for wildlife refuge

Press Staff Writer

              To support Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge and understanding the seriousness of COVID-19’s impact on public safety and health, Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge members Sherry and Peggy (both of Wooster, Ohio) decided to sew “Nature Series” masks and donate a “COVID-19 Life Saver” raffle basket to the Friends group.
        The pair, who dubbed themselves “The Two Masked Birders,” both retired from The Ohio State University’s Wooster Campus – the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster, where Sherry managed the Honey Bee Lab and Peggy conducted coronavirus research.
        Many of the fabrics used in sewing the masks feature bees from Sherry’s fondness for bees in her many Honey Bee Lab projects.
        The COVID-19 Life Saver raffle basket has already helped to raise $1,115 for conservation efforts at ONWR. An online auction featuring masks made by The Two Masked Birders opened Sept. 26 and closes Saturday, Oct. 3 at noon.
        Most masks are packaged in a four pack of coordinated nature-themed designs. Adult masks are three layers. The outer layers are 100% cotton and the inner layer is fused polyester. They also feature a floral wire nose piece with the ends wrapped in floral tape for a comfortable, secure fit. There are also youth masks and Ohio State Buckeyes masks available.
        To bid on masks made by The Two Masked Birders, please visit


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