The first thing you notice in the summer is how quiet it gets all of a sudden. There’s still plenty of activity, but it gets quiet enough that you can hear the birds and catch glimpses of the wildlife that’s been here all along. But now they sense the quiet and know that there’s room for them. You see everything from birds to deer, to raccoons, coyotes, snakes, and lizards. You may not see them all during the academic year because the place is a beehive of activity. In the summer, there’s still a lot going on, but it’s a bit slower-paced. Instead of more than 4,000 people on campus, there are 1,000. The wildlife senses that. There are hummingbirds all over the place, and in summer you can hear them.
Sullivan, director of scheduling and special events, has worked at Saint Mary’s for 15 years.