We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If there is one thing that all Maggie's Farm's contributors share, besides friendship and trust, it is support of the conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited. Unlike some (not to be mentioned) conservation organizations, DU goes out there and just does it, rather than spending all of their money on lobbying to try to get the government to do it. But, as the experts in habitat recovery, and owning the strange heavy machinery to do it, they often work in tandem with government efforts.
And it's interesting because it's what I call a cross-over organization, combining hunters, conservationists, environmentalists, wildlife photographers, bird-watchers, hikers, naturalists, and scientists - and all sorts of people for whom protection of natural habitat is important.
DU is huge, with over 11 million acres under protection now, and over 700,000 members in the US. Grass-roots fund-raising has been their mainstay, and if you do not have DU events in your neighborhood, you should. Email us if you want to get involved in your area - we'll direct you to the right contact person. DU events are good, wholesome, American fun, for a great cause.
Their efforts support, protect, and rehabilitate wildlife habitat across Canada, the US, and Mexico, and they have been expanding world-wide (including helping with the rehabilitation of Iraq's marshes which were destroyed by Saddam in his program to eliminate the annoying "Marsh Arabs" who were one of many thorns in his side. Mesopotamia - Between the Rivers - was not only the cradle of civilization but an enormous and highly productive marsh).
DU people love "swamps", and all other wildlife habitats. Maggie's Farm loves DU.