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President's Message - Diane Graves-Smith
February 2003



Dear Fellow Master Naturalists:

February is the month of love. What do I love? I love birds. I love butterflies. I love hikes in the wilderness. I love Stella Rowan Prairie flowering in the spring. I love the migrations of Canadian Geese. I love the feeding patterns of White Pelicans on White Rock Lake. I love Big Bend. I could go on and on.

Now, the retailers tell us exactly how to tell others we love them - candy, flowers, jewelry, and a nice meal. How do we tell the natural world of our love? Let me count the ways.

Let me close by quoting from Baba Diourm, a Senegalese Poet, who wrote:
" In the end, we will conserve only what we love.
We will love only what we understand.
We will understand only what we have been taught."

Diane



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