By Terry Houle, MRVAC President
On 22 July, 2010 I was privileged to take part in a volunteer recognition event at the newly re-opened Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (MVNWR). I accepted an award for the work the Minnesota River Valley Audubon Chapter (MRVAC) has done for clean-up and invasive species removal on the refuge. Thanks to all of you who helped with those projects.
In additional to offering field trips and programs, we are called on to be good stewards of Mother Earth and so please continue to help where you can, when you can and in whatever way you can.
In addition to habitat protection, like helping with clean ups and invasive species removal, you can also help by speaking up when you see bad choices being made by local, state or federal government. One example we heard about at a MRVAC meeting was the repositioning of a cell tower in northern Minnesota (out of the migratory flight path) that was triggered by someone who wrote a letter to the editor of the Duluth paper. Another great example of the work of a small group of committed citizens is our local wildlife refuge, formed due to citizen lobbying.
As the saying goes ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing’ but as Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
So, as always, I call on you to be Earth Stewards and take up those fights. Make your opinions known – so few people do, you can be assured your legislator will listen. At the state representative level, I’ve heard that 5 or 6 comments on an issue is a lot – so even just a few people can make a big difference.