|The view from PRBO's new headquarters.|
This issue of the Observer highlights PRBO's remarkable Conservation Biology Internship program, which has permanently changed the lives of more than 1,000 young people. Many have subsequently become highly respected conservation leaders in universities, public agencies and nonprofits, in the U.S. and abroad.
And many of our interns have assumed leadership roles right here at PRBO. Some came with backgrounds in biology; others came with experience in English, psychology, anthropology, and even drama. All these backgrounds ultimately prove useful in our work!PRBO interns collect standardized data on birds, other wildlife, and related ecosystem factors ranging from vegetation characteristics to weather statistics. Taken together, these data fuel our renowned research and innovative tools for conservation.
SF Bay Research Center Update: $2 million needed by May 2006!
With our building's shell complete, internal construction is well under way. As of this writing, wall frames are up, stairs are being built, and drywall is being installed.
In a remarkable milestone for PRBO--thanks to so many of you--we recently surpassed $3.4 million raised toward the $6 million needed to complete the build-out, equip the Center and move in.
We have arranged for a permanent bank loan to cover the remaining costs. To minimize the burden of a monthly mortgage on PRBO's programs, we need your help!
Our goal is to raise another $2 million by May 2006--before the bank loan locks in. If you are interested in making a gift of cash, stock or property (or if you know of others who might be), please contact us.
To learn more about supporting the Legacy Campaign, contact Ellie Cohen at email@example.com, 415-868-1221, ext. 318, or Nancy Gamble at firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 324.
Working with scores of motivated interns each year, and led by PRBO's talented scientists, we are certain to reach new heights of conservation achievement thanks to the professional facilities that our new San Francisco Bay Research Center offers.
In addition to wireless computer workstations for interns, the new Center will provide a cutting-edge communications infrastructure to store, analyze and share the enormous long-term datasets that interns have helped PRBO amass over the years. The new technology will allow PRBO scientists and our partners to more easily mine this treasure trove of data, in search of new regional and global conservation solutions.
PRBO's internship program continues to have a lifelong impact, not only on its participants but on all of us who work with them and rely on their invaluable conservation contributions!