During the summer of 2020, many people and organizations around the country took a hard look in the mirror and asked themselves tough questions about race, diversity, justice and inclusion. As with many science and conservation groups around the country, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) is not representative of the demographics of the nation and is not doing as much as we can to welcome all types of people into our programs, our leadership and our decision making.
Now is the time for me to say thank you and goodbye. It is never easy to leave a job you love with people you enjoy working with as part of an organization that has a mission and approach that fits and feels just right.
Like many of you, this has been a strange season for us…..we’ve been spending less time doing programs and welcoming the public, and more time working outside, completing backlogged maintenance and exhibit work, and getting organized in general. In some ways it has been refreshing to get those things done that are always pushed to the bottom of the priority list during busy seasons, but the absence of people has been strange and a bit sad….we miss the eager students, the adventurous visitors, and our dedicated volunteers!
Hello again. Here we are still at home watching spring come into full bloom. Or trying too…I keep waiting for the trees and shrubs to come into full leaf and so far they’ve barely budded, which gives me a great opportunity to observe birds in all their spring behaviors of actively building nests and singing new songs.
So if you are someone that read my last blog post and decided to take me up on my invitation, I hope it has been bringing you comfort and a little bit of joy. It is amazing how much things change day to day.
In your life, is there one constant that can always be relied upon to bring you comfort, particularly in times of stress? For me, that is nature. For so many who have found their daily routines completely, unexpectedly altered, when you are really finding yourself needing a break, can I suggest hitting pause on all the pressing things that might need to be done, and ask you to just step outside?