The Leopold Center is proud to introduce Anna MacDonald, wildlife ecologist. This interview is part of a series,"Superheroes in Training," that spotlights students who are involved with Leopold Center research projects and work to create a more sustainable world.
I have a lot of real-life superheroes, most of whom are ecologists or naturalists, and many of whom are still living, but the first one who comes to mind at this question is Ding Darling.
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Jay N. “Ding” Darling was an award-winning editorial cartoonist, who later became the first chief of the U.S. Biological Survey. He played an important role in the early conservation movement of the United States, and his legacy lives on in in his cartoons (many which are still relevant today), and the programs he helped to create, such as the Federal Duck Stamp Program, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Program. Ding Darling reminds me how much one person can make a difference, and how much is still possible through hard work, communication, and partnerships.