Robert’s project started as simply building a bird sanctuary at a local university in memory of his recently-deceased grandfather who was a professor there for 32 years. The project grew into landscaping approximately 10,000 square feet of neglected property outside of the new student social building. In the preparation stage he was surveying the area during a rainstorm and found a significant erosion problem in the project area. He met with a stormwater engineer to design a drainage ditch to solve the problem. The final project involved more than 40,000 pounds of river rock, all moved by hand, more than 8,000 square feet of pine straw and a handmade cypress frame to hold a raccoon-proof bird feeder.
— Ross, Troop 136, Jacksonville, Fla.