One of the things that brings satisfaction is when we can affect career paths of young students. A few summers ago, the Pacific WildLife Foundation helped organize a trip for students and faculty from The Netherlands to see grizzly bears on the coast. We took them along the coast stopping at a salmon spawning river where we knew bears to be present. We saw many bears there, white-sided dolphins in northern Georgia Strait and much more. One of the graduate students on the trip wrote me recently to say:
“I am already working as a postdoc in a conservation genetics unit here in Germany. The funny thing is that the trip brought me very close to my (then unknown) professional future: My study objects are now large carnivores, such as wolf, brown bear, lynx…”
Changing lives can sometime arise from new experiences such as the one I describe, but it can also happen when young people are encouraged to pursue their dreams. That encouragement is of special interest to the Pacific WildLife Foundation. We would like to establish student support for this purpose. Contact us if you might be able to help.