10 Wildlife Conservationists That Inspire Me Every Day

10 Wildlife Conservationists That Inspire Me Every Day

Lets thank them for the beautiful things they have done for this planet.

I've always had an interest in wildlife conservation, but since I've made it my major that interest has turned into passion and just skyrocketed. I love what I'm learning for the first time in my college career and it makes it that much easier to be involved in classes and outside of school. This summer I have decided to volunteer in Africa for two weeks to further pursue wildlife conservation! And the more I study, the more I am inspired by the people who have changed the world with regards to wildlife. And by doing that, they've changed my life as well. Here are 10 wildlife conservationists that everyone should know about...

1. John Muir

You probably wouldn't know his name, but you'll know his saying "The mountains are calling and I must go,". I live my life based on this quote, it is a part of almost every single thing I do. Moving to Colorado, getting a mountain tattoo, the name of my blog. John Muir is the founder of the Sierra Club, known for his preservation view, and an activist back in his time. He is referred to as the "Father of National Parks" and a major influence in the history of wildlife management.

2. Gifford Pinchot

Pinchot was the 1st Chief of the United States Forest Service, who proposed sustainable use of forests. He is the founder of the Society of American Foresters, known as the father of American conservation, and coined the term "conservation ethic". Without Pinchot, our forestry history and presence would be very different from what it is today.

3. Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is an incredible, influential woman in my life. She studied the effects of DDT's misuse on marine environments and is known as a great figure in the environmental era.The impact of her book caused a ban on DDT chemical pesticides in the nation and discusses bioaccumulation and biomagnification, concepts that are still relevant today. She is one of my biggest inspirations, combining a love for writing and wildlife.

4. Aldo Leopold

In 1949, A Sand County Almanac would go onto sell more than 2 million copies. Aldo Leopold is known for his ideas on game management and wilderness systems, even called the father of wildlife ecology. A former forester, writer, and ecologist, Leopold had a strong influence in wildlife history, game management, and the conservation era.

5. Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall has been one of the most inspiring woman to me for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I would read everything I could about her, watch animal shows for hours on end, and now I follow her amazing life thanks to social media. She is known around the world for her in-depth studies on chimpanzees, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, and the Roots and Shoots program. She has won numerous awards including being named a Messenger of the Peace by the United Nations in 2002. She continues her activism, conservation, and work today.

6. Dian Fossey

Gorillas in the Mist, I'm sure you've heard it before, was written by this brilliant lady. She was a zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist, who is best known for her work with gorillas. Although her murder may have clouded her studies, she leaves us an important message: "When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future."

7. Jacques Cousteau

I love Jacques Cousteau! He is an amazing oceanographer and even had his own T.V. series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Cousteau helped create the Aqua-lung used in scuba diving among many other talents as a scientist, photographer, and filmmaker. He was a pioneer for marine research and conservation.

8. Henry David Thoreau

HDT is one of my favorite, if not my favorite, American authors. I loved reading Walden and his lifestyle of "living deliberately,". He was a Transcendentalist, who focused on nature and lived in the woods for two years in search of a simplified life. Although he may not have contributed directly to wildlife conservation, he raised awareness about the value of nature.

9. Ansel Adams

An environmentalist and photography, Ansel Adams is best known for his photos of Yosemite National Park, which promoted wildlife conservation. He is an iconic representation of using photography to promote conservation in the wilderness and his black-and-white photos are recognized across the globe.

10. My professors

Without the help of my professors, I wouldn't have been introduced to the history of wildlife conservation, to the values I have, and to the amazing accomplishments of these beautiful people. It was hard at first to realize that being a veterinarian wasn't what I wanted to do anymore, but now its so easy to be passionate, interested, and longing for more experience in the world of animals, wildlife, and conservation. An adventure awaits me.

I am inspired every day by these amazing wildlife conservationists, and hope to be among them one day whether my name is known or not. But lets not forget about so many other influential conservationists out there and thank them for the beautiful things they have done for this planet.

Cover Image Credit: http://www.achievement.org/achiever/jane-goodall/

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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