[CT Birds] A note of thanks

Bruce Stevenson brucegs54 at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 13:37:09 EDT 2015

Well said, David.  Thank you.
On Jun 30, 2015 12:52 PM, "David F Provencher (Generation - 4) via CTBirds"
<ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> 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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