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May 1, 2010

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May 1, 2010

Life Net (http://www.lifenetnature.org) is a great non-profit helping wild bird conservancy in South America and Jaguar conservancy in Arizona and advocacy for wildlife conservation worldwide.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, honest, selfless, hard-working intelligent individuals with a true passion for wildlife conservation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Something really extraordinary happens in a small non-profit when the right expertise is combined with an absolute passion for the cause and an attitude that says

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The success of the bike tour, the great field work, the community value of preserved lands, it's ability to motivate others, it's publishing ability, it's dedication to difficult preservation issues, including the conservation of large carnivores.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The passion, determination and high quality of conservation science it exhibits.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Smart, dedicated, committed to wildlife conservation as a profession and avocation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring back a natural diversity to the American Southwest that people today say is not doable. This includes healthy populations of both predator and prey. We can't look like Africa, but we can get back spectacular wild things like the Jaguar ...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

Mist netting in one of the most diverse bird communities in the world is an incredible experience. I learned so much during my time at Las Tangaras, I'm going back this August. At Las Tangaras, birds are netted in primary and secondary forest and along the edge of pasture that has been clear cut for cattle. This research is vital to understanding how deforestation effects bird communities and can help direct future conservation efforts. The location of an Andean Cock-of-the-Rock lek on the reserve offers a unique opportunity to observe and study an incredibly charismatic and fascinating species. The accommodations are awesome, it's hard to leave the beautiful house and refreshing river, some of the best birding is done from a hammock on the front porch. The delicious meals are definitely appreciated after a long morning hiking up and down steep mountain trails checking nets.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The chance to get up close and personal with incredibly unique birds such as golden-headed quetzals, pale-mandibled aracaris, crimson-rumped toucanets, motmots, many colorful tanangers, and numerous hummingbirds

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful and so helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase more land for the reserve, fund student research projects on the reserve, educate locals about the importance of protecting habitat

Ways to make it better...

I had the money to stay longer

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

April 30, 2010

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April 30, 2010

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play such a significant role in facilitating the first of Life Net's workshops in this region. Dr. Becker designed very thorough and interesting community-based workshops drawn from her extensive wildlife conservation research and experiences living and working closely with residents in both southern Ecuador communities. Her dedication to the health and sustainability of these communities, and her commitment to building wonderful personal and professional relationships with residents has engaged and empowered both children and adults to take action to protect their environment, watershed, and Loma Alta Cloudforest Preserve. Dr. Becker is not only a highly skilled biologist, but also a compassionate, committed, and kind person who makes time to listen to the ideas and concerns of community members in order to more adequately address wildlife and environmental conservation issues. She brings people together, and facilitates team-building activities very well too!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Ecuador

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The compassion, dedication, organization, and respect for both people and the environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Of diverse backgrounds, and flexible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Bring together communities to share environmental concerns and create effective change through community-run workshops throughout South America!

Ways to make it better...

Could not have been better!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a committed organization combines scientifically based education and a strong compassion wildlife and human communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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