For Alaskan Dan Ruthrauff, it's about passing on the opportunity to explore big wild places to future generations. As a biologist who has devoted his life to understanding migratory birds, he shares our commitment to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
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"With ever-increasing environmental concerns in today's world, we need plenty of space for our culture to get lost and found."
- Dan Ruthrauff, Conservancy Donor
Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?
I give because I appreciate The Nature Conservancy's pragmatic conservation approach. It recognizes the strong links between humans and nature. No hysterics or hyperbole, just science-based, thoughtful action that ensures the preservation of healthy ecosystems for future generations.
What is your favorite place in nature?
When I reflect on what I most value in nature, I invariably think of wild places where I no longer hear horns or planes, nor follow trail markers or maps. Finding these attributes just about anywhere will do, but I must admit that I'm partial to tundra, where I do much of my fieldwork.
Tell us about your favorite memory or experience in nature?
My spring field seasons on the outer Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta in western Alaska have provided my most memorable experiences in nature. As the snow melts and the tundra emerges, the eruption of bird life is simply staggering in its full-throated diversity and tenacity – an ornithologist's dream-come-true.
What is your holiday wish for nature?
Simply for more! We need our wild places. With ever-increasing environmental concerns in today's world, we need plenty of space for our culture to get lost and found.