Since the early years, I’ve participated in many discussions of proposed changes for Audubon International. If I have learned anything, it is that one thing in life is certain, change is constant. We may not see the change but slowly the change becomes evident. That is what happened to the Signature Program. And that is how I found myself working for Audubon International for twenty years…slowly, project after project, year after year. There are many places, people, and situations that I will always remember like the young man who was my contact for a project in China. He overheard me say I was a trained zoologist and that I loved pandas. When we had finished our site work working out golf hole drainage along a huge local lake, he raced through the streets of Kunming to drive me to the Kunming Zoo only to see that it was closing when we got there. Not a problem, he high jacked the zoo director from a meeting and in the director’s car we sped to where the pandas were just getting ready for supper. It was a memorable experience, and I will never forget Alvin and his tenacity. There are hundreds of stories like this that have to do with the people I have met across the world. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do know this. For the most part, I have loved every minute that I have spent in this job. I do know that land will continue to be developed for a variety of purposes. Therefore, it is important to educate, guide and assist people who are going to develop land to do so in an environmentally responsible way, with a focus on environmental stewardship and sustainable resource management. New developments designed with an environmental focus can provide an opportunity to improve water quality within a watershed, provide greater wildlife habitat, and avoid adverse effects that might otherwise negatively impact the land. I continue to look forward to talking with the people who help make these changes, the superintendents, landowners, developers, architects and managers. My personal goal for the future? In Mahatma Gandhi’s words, to “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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