[CT Birds] A note of thanks

pkoker2011 at charter.net pkoker2011 at charter.net
Tue Jun 30 13:45:28 EDT 2015


Let me echo Bruce's sentiments...nicely done.

	-----------------------------------------From: "Bruce Stevenson via
CTBirds" 
To: "David F Provencher"
Cc: "CTBirds"
Sent: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:37:09 -0400
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] A note of thanks

Well said, David. Thank you.
 On Jun 30, 2015 12:52 PM, "David F Provencher (Generation - 4) via
CTBirds"
  wrote:

 > In the context of recent posts I should like to take a moment to
thank
 > those in the Environmental, Conservation, and Academic community in
CT for
 > the work they do. These are difficult times, both economically and
 > politically, in which to endeavor to protect and preserve. Those
generous
 > individuals who dedicate their lives to this struggle do so knowing
they
 > will not become wealthy, know they will receive little glory (much
more
 > often criticism for not succeeding in every effort), and know they
will
 > often be forced to fight a rearguard action to slow the loss and
 > degradation of our natural habitats. It is just this commitment and
 > stick-to-it determination in the face of heavy opposition that sets
these
 > quiet heroes apart from many of the rest of us. It is easy to
become
 > discouraged and to walk away from the fight, or to criticize those
who do
 > not succeed at every turn. In military terms that would be
described as
 > "leaving the field to the enemy." Surely much has been lost of our
 > beautiful and intricate planet, but how much more would have been
lost
 > without these individuals who fight against the tide every day? And
to, in
 > disgust, surrender the field to the opposition simply means
accepting the
 > loss of everything.
 >
 > If I had my way the world would be a very different place. But I
can't
 > have my way entirely (which is likely very fortunate), and neither
can
 > anyone else. What I can do is vote. I can write letters and emails.
I can
 > teach. I can respect other's positions while trying to sway them to
mine. I
 > can try to spread my respect and concern for the natural world and
share my
 > fascination of birds. I can also try and remain positive in the
face of
 > great difficulties, and not let losing some battles cause me to
surrender
 > the field entirely. I can not just walk away, because the fight
will only
 > follow me wherever I try to hide.
 >
 > So thank you to those women and men who man the trenches in good
faith.
 > There are many in the birding community and beyond who deeply
appreciate
 > you, and have your backs. Don't give up.
 >
 > Dave Provencher
 >
 >
 >
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