Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Stewart Ting Chong
1. Why do you choose to volunteer at Duxbury Beach Reservation?
I first became interested in volunteering at DBR because of my interest in combining wildlife photography and conservation, and for the opportunity to use the photos as a way to educate and promote understanding of our impact on, and our responsibility for, the delicate balance of Nature and the environment.
2. How did you first get involved with Duxbury Beach Reservation?
I presented a proposal to DBR in 2019 to photograph threatened Piping Plovers, from adult courtship to fledged chicks, after being introduced to these amazing birds in 2018.
3. What has been your favorite project to work on with Duxbury Beach Reservation?
I’ll be starting my third photo project in 2021; however, photographing Piping Plovers remains close to my heart. I continue to be motivated to advocate for conservation efforts for these plucky little birds!
4. What do you wish other people knew about Duxbury Beach Reservation?
That Duxbury Beach is not only a beach for leisure and a chance to be near the ocean. It remains a unique treasure of nature that needs protecting and safeguarding --- from the dunes and marsh that are barriers against rising seas because of global warming, to the birds that inhabit the marsh, beach and High Pines areas.
5. What is your favorite spot on Duxbury Beach?
Because of my volunteer work and love of birding, any spot where I can observe birds, especially those that nest there!
6. What do you do when you aren’t volunteering?
Photographing birds around Massachusetts keeps me occupied and birding is perfect for social distancing! Birding is often a solitary activity which allows me to retain an inner sanctuary, especially in the times we are in. I’m currently completing a 12-month Birders Certificate with Mass Audubon and, when at home, I observe birds that visit my feeders, occasionally bake bread, and play scrabble with my wife who gives me a lot of leeway for my birding activities!