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Why I Give: One Donor's Story

Each of our supporters has a unique story.  Some have a deep connection to a special place in nature, others enjoy getting outside with their families, and still others relish the excitement and adventure of exploring the natural world.

For Virginia resident Bill Brown, experiences in nature have strengthened bonds with his children and other family members. “We had the opportunity to live overseas, so we got to climb in the Alps, we got to observe big game in Africa, and we got to see the greatest waterfall in the world in Paraguay and Brazil, the falls of Iguazu. All of my memories in nature come back associated with family.”

Read Bill’s story below and then share your own story to inspire others as you have inspired us! Visit our interactive map to hear from friends and donors across the country and around the world.
"My wish would be that everyone would be able to experience wildlife or landscape — nature in some fashion."

- Bill Brown, Conservancy supporter

Why do you give to The Nature Conservancy?

Bill Brown:

I’ve donated for quite a few years simply because I like the idea of conserving natural habitat and ecosystems using a collaborative approach.

More recently, I led a group from Northern Virginia — about 15 of us — down to Piney Grove Preserve for the express purpose of seeing red-cockaded woodpeckers. I was impressed by the work; I really appreciate what The Nature Conservancy is doing to support the red-cockaded woodpecker. I also have to say that the staff member there, Bobby Clontz, was helpful in so many ways. It was great to be able to see the actual work in progress.

What is your favorite place in nature?

Bill Brown:

I love to go to Chincoteague as often as I can. The wildlife there, especially the bird life, is wonderful. In fall and winter, the waterfowl show up — the snow geese and other birds. And it’s amazingly accessible.

Tell us about your favorite memory or experience in nature?

Bill Brown:

You ask about three weeks after my brother passed away. We grew up in different parts of the country, but we both became interested in the outdoors. It was quite a bonding experience. A couple of weeks before he passed, we went out one night and found whip-poor-wills and chuck-will’s-widows, which were life birds for both of us, at a national wildlife refuge in South Carolina. That was great.

What is your wish for nature?

Bill Brown:

My wish would be that everyone would be able to experience wildlife or landscape — nature in some fashion — and recognize the real need we have to preserve the natural environment for our own edification, for our own survival, and for the survival of habitat and wildlife itself.

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