I Am Conservation

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Jeff Meshach is the director of the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park. “If we are to save wild spaces and wildlife, we must change people’s minds,” says Meshach. “Just telling our audiences to recycle, become aware, and become involved with conservation won’t make the difference. If you can grab their attention with something spectacular and natural, something they could I am Conservation 04-2013only see from great distances in the wild, you have a way better chance of changing a person’s mind in the direction of conservation. I believe this great organization and the beautiful birds I work for change people’s minds.” The Sanctuary reaches 250,000 to 500,000 people annually with its conservation message. Jeff’s passion for wildlife started at an early age with his father and grandfather taking him hunting and fishing. Myriah, the Golden Eagle perched on Jeff’s glove, was hatched in 1971 and became part of the “staff” in 1988. She has helped educate millions of people in her life. —Photo by David Stonner

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