PRBO Conservation Science
Quarterly Journal of PRBO Conservation Science, Number 151, Winter 2008: The Science of Oil Spill Assessment


"For people who believe in PRBO, the opportunity to support us in a lasting and meaningful way."

A Passion for Birds and Conservation: Rig Currie

Claire Peaslee

Securing Oil Spill Data
CEO's Column
Cosco Busan Damage Assessment
PRBO's Oil Spill Expertise
Assessing Population Impacts
Protecting the Farallon Islands
Western Grebe Genetic Study
Schoolchildren Take Action
Focus: A Birder's Library
Views of a Planned Giving Expert
PRBO's New Chief Science Officer
The Grand List
Bird-A-Thon Update

"You can see PRBO's recommendations being implemented in California's Central Valley and elsewhere", for example, in restoration of important habitats like the riparian (riverside) grove shown below.
Photo by Geoff Geupel, PRBO.
Well known at PRBO as an avid birder—and for his southern drawl—Rigdon Currie actually wears a number of PRBO caps. He has served on our Board of Directors since 1998, including as Treasurer in 2003−05, and co-chaired our 30th Bird-A-Thon, which has raised $125,000.

He advocates for planned giving—"the only way for non-profit organizations to achieve any kind of financial security for the long term," he says. Because planned giving vehicles hold so many advantages, both for the donor family and the beneficiary organization, Rig calls them "the ultimate charity."

In fact, he's willing and eager to discuss the options with anyone considering this meaningful way to support PRBO's work. Rig Currie offers to personally explain the mechanisms for including PRBO Conservation Science in your estate plans.
An Orange-crowned Warbler at PRBO's bird-banding lab ignited Rig Currie's commitment. Photo © David Gardner

For a person like Rig, whose passions for birds and the environment are intertwined, the reasons for guaranteeing PRBO's strength into the future are obvious. "I'm particularly excited about scientific research that results in something concrete, on the ground," he says. "You can see PRBO's recommendations being implemented in California's Central Valley and elsewhere." PRBO carries out monitoring studies of bird populations to provide practical guidelines for habitat restoration and protection.

Rig Currie also understands the full range of benefits available to individuals through estate planning for a charitable cause. Says Rig, "IRAs are ideal mechanisms for planned giving. One can take care of a spouse for life and leave more to heirs through a trust arrangement than directly. Or, one can leave the IRA directly to a charity. There are many other mechanisms that might be more suitable for an individual.

What's more: "Planned giving gives people who believe in PRBO and its conservation research the opportunity to support us in a lasting and meaningful way."

Rig Currie's own commitment to PRBO dates back to his 1989 visit to our Palomarin Field Station: "I saw an Orange-crowned Warbler in the hand!" That memory stands out even now, as Rig travels widely to try and sight at least one member of every bird family in the world.

Having learned that PRBO studies—of warblers and many other birds—provide answers to crucial questions about our environment, Rig became committed to PRBO's long-term stability. We invite you to meet with him and Nancy Gamble, Director of Individual Giving, and discuss planned giving. Rig Currie can be reached at 415-663-1755 or, and Nancy's contact information is in the box at left. Thank you!

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