Connecticut's Kaitiakis

Last week, Elisabeth Moore ( Connecticut Farmland Trust) and I traveled to coastal Patagonia as part of an Earthwatch Expedition. We spent five days assisting scientists trailing Magellanic Penguins -- studying changes in their behavior in response to climate change, overfishing, and other environmental challenges.  

It was an unforgettable experience.

Among our group was a veterinary student who is researching the impacts of climate change on endangered bird species in her native country of New Zealand. This young environmentalist is determined to make a difference through her work as a scientist and activist. 

She was an inspiration.

She shared with us the philosophy of the Māori – the indigenous population of New Zealand. They believe that the key to saving our environment is through the concept of kaitiakitanga, which teaches that we all have an obligation to be guardians and protectors of the land.

Of course, to Elisabeth and me, she was describing Connecticut’s amazing land trust community – dedicated to conserving our natural environment for generations to come. 

Thank you for being Connecticut’s kaitiakis! Your work has never been more important. Amy with penguin

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.


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Amy Blaymore Paterson, Esq.
Executive Director

P.S. On #GivingTuesday (Dec.3), please consider making a special gift to your local land trust to support the work they do for us all.