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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
As a kid, I learned to cast a fly-fishing rod with my dad, and I’ve been a fisher my whole life. Fishing led me outdoors. Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada, and Yosemite National Park were all a short drive from where I grew up, and I felt myself drawn to those outdoor spaces. Exploring nature as a teenager was where my interest in conservation began.
Given how fast the world has changed throughout our lives, Julia and I felt a generational duty as millennials to budget for these global crises on an annual basis—so we can respond quickly to emergencies like those bushfires. It was devastating to see the injured wildlife and burnt landscapes on the news. We saw an immediate need for our emergency funds and wanted to help.
My interest in wildlife technology was piqued by the Android app SMART. It’s incredible that an app initially developed as a tool for conservation officers evolved into a wildlife incident reporting app that anyone can use. Not too long ago, people in the field had to record incidents by hand, then wait days or weeks to share them. Now, even people in difficult-to-reach places have access to smartphone technology, and that means many local communities can report what they see—rare species, deforestation, wildlife poaching, and more—digitally, in real time. That’s a game changer for conservation.