What makes a mission? Part 2: Appreciate and Understand

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This is the second in a short series examining ANS’ mission and what it means for the Conservation Program.
The Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy.
Why appreciate and understand?
Because to appreciate and understand nature is to love it, and to expand our sense of wonder at the marvels of the world. From the mathematical laws that govern spiders’ webs to the uncanny ability of foxes to see in the dark, nature teaches us to step beyond ourselves and see our place in the firmament of mystery and possibility and unending cycles of brilliance and decay that make up the world. Nature teaches us that names have power, that science and miracles are one and the same, and that in our relationships with animals and plants we see mirrored our relationships to our fellow humanity.

About Eliza Cava

Eliza Cava is the ANS Director of Conservation, where she leads our MD & DC policy, advocacy, and conservation outreach work, supervises our citizen science programs and VA advocacy work, and supports Woodend restoration as a demonstration landscape for the region.

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