Conservation is in many ways a profession of faith – not in wildlife or the environment, but in people.
Faith that future generations will value and sustain the wildlife and wild places we protect and entrust to their care. Faith that habitat restoration will make a difference for species in trouble, even if that habitat won’t mature for decades.
That’s why, of all the things I get to do as Director and the achievements I value in my career, there’s nothing quite like getting outside with kids and seeing the feeling of accomplishment and wonder blossom in their faces when they help wildlife. I find myself hoping that the seed planted by that experience will one day sprout, helping to shape their values and maybe even spurring them to become conservationists themselves.