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Profiles: Two Members of PRBO's Tern Society

Investing in Nature's Future Through Planned Giving


Two members of PRBO's Tern Society have offered their individual reasons for supporting PRBO. Not only has each one served actively, in ways that PRBO depends upon, but both have included PRBO in their estate planning. We are grateful to Robin Leong and Aaron Holmes for providing these personal profiles.

Robin Leong, PRBO member and former Board member
Robin Leong.

Resident of: Vallejo, California, and Honolulu, Hawaii.

Some favorite things in life: Birding internationally. Recording my family's genealogy. Saving wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raising monies for PRBO.

Member of PRBO since: I can't remember exactly when I first became a member, but it was before I did my first PRBO Bird-A-Thon in 1983.

What I find impressive about PRBO's work: Of course PRBO's data sets for Southeast Farallon Island, and Palomarin Field Station are quite well known. There are many other data sets, however, that have been generated fairly recently and, within just a few years, have come up with some astonishingly interesting findings. I was especially impressed by the work of Aaron Holmes in shrubsteppe habitats, Ryan Burnett in the Lassen National Forest, and Chris McCreedy in the Mono Basin. Studies by these and other PRBO scientists have resulted in management agencies adapting their practices. Just imagine, public land managers changing their way of doing things because of what independent scientists have found!

Why invest in PRBO's effective work into the future: My dad gave me some sage advice when I was growing up. "Son, try to do something with your time on this Earth to make it a better place to live." I've tried to pass this on to my daughter, Kirsten. Belonging to the Tern Society, I can even do one better, making the Earth a better place to live when I'm gone.

Aaron Holmes, PRBO biologist
Aaron Holmes.

Resident of: Corvallis, Oregon.

Some favorite things in life: It's hard to beat the feeling of freedom I get when spending time in remote portions of the sagebrush-covered high desert, but fishing for albacore tuna 60 miles off Oregon's coast comes pretty close.

Member of PRBO since: I joined PRBO as an intern biologist with the Terrestrial Ecology Division in 1994 and have worked with PRBO in various capacities on and off (mostly on) since then.

What I find impressive about PRBO's work: I have always been impressed with PRBO's commitment to providing the best science available, coupled with an ability to communicate that science to so many different audiences.

Why invest in PRBO's effective work into the future: PRBO's long-term monitoring data provide a unique context to interpret patterns and understand dynamics that are easily overlooked in typical shorter-term research projects. Like any sound investment, these programs, which now span multiple decades, will appreciate in value the longer they are maintained. Having worked with long-term monitoring projects, I know that maintaining funding can be difficult. In a rapidly changing world I want to help ensure that PRBO's programs continue to provide the context needed to interpret changes in wildlife populations and ultimately inform sound management of our treasured natural resources.