Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, turkey-induced comas, long weekends, and of course, a time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the past year. For this edition of our We Are ProQuest feature, our editors share what they’re grateful for this holiday season.
“I’m thankful that on October 13, I celebrated eight years as a breast cancer survivor. It really makes you so aware of how blessed you really are, and how grateful you are for each day that you are granted on this Earth!” —Becky Beville
“I am thankful for my family, my co-workers, and my friends.”–Jennifer Oms
“I’m thankful for my coworkers. I couldn’t have asked for a better bunch of people to work with. I went through a hard time last year and I’m very fortunate that I’m still here.”
“I am thankful for a happy and healthy pregnancy, my amazing husband who has put up with my pregnancy mood swings, and supportive and loving family and friends.”–Giselle Gerber
“I am thankful for neither needing nor wanting anything for Christmas.”–Jeff Wyman
“I am thankful for wonderful family and friends and the Florida sunshine”.–Ilana Cohen
“I am thankful for my two strong legs, which have carried me further than I ever thought possible!”–Jennifer Genetti
“I’m thankful for my family and I’m thankful that for 36 years I was able to have Thanksgiving with my dad.”–Michelle Brault
“Grateful to work for a company that values the whole person with incentives for health and volunteerism. Healthy happy people=great employees.”–Christie Riegelhaupt
“I am so grateful every day for the light, love, and laughter that surrounds my daughter…and I sure am grateful for her hugs! I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, for all that the Earth provides, and for all that is my life.”
“Having moved here from Chicago almost fifteen years ago, I am very thankful for the beautiful weather we have in Boca Raton, Florida, especially in the winter months!”
“I’m thankful for Loki, my Rat Terrier-Shar Pei-Pomeranian.”–Amy Shaw
“Nothing is more priceless and more worthy of preservation than the rich array of animal life with which our country has been blessed.”
–President Nixon, upon signing the Endangered Species Act, December 28, 1973
Endangered Species Day provides an opportunity for people young and old to celebrate our biodiversity and promote the conservation of wildlife, fish and plants threatened with extinction.
Endangered Species Day is held the third Friday of May (and throughout the month) by zoos, aquariums, parks, botanic gardens, museums, schools and communities.
Here are tips students, educators, families and communities can use:
Educators: Encourage students to get involved in wildlife protection. Start with resources available on SIRS Discoverer. You’ll find plenty of articles and activities focused on biodiversity and conservation.
Families & Communities: Take Action: Attend an endangered species event in your area. Visit your local zoo, aquarium or natural history museum. Get social: Show your support for Endangered Species by updating your Facebook timeline photo with your favorite wildlife species.
Want even more inspiration to get involved in conservation efforts? Check out this must-see list of the 10 Cutest Endangered Species.