Since a couple of years I support Team Theunis as a fundraiser. From 2007 until 2015 I was the director of Ubbo Emmius Fund, the charity of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Alumni of our university are very important for the relation between society and science. Ubbo Emmius Fund brings both parties together by f.i. crowdfunding campaigns.
After my retirement in 2015 I spend part of my time in finding new ways of funding for the scientific work of Team Piersma. I strongly believe in the collaboration of organisations in the field of conservation together with scientists. They sometimes tend to be competitors in finding funds for their own goals. Since scientists such as Theunis Piersma and his coworkers are feeding nature conservation organisations with fundamental reliable data and insights there should be a stronger connection in this field.
In March 2017, we launched a crowdfunding campaign for the Black-tailed Godwit (www.rugsteunt.nl/project/grutto). But many, many organisations run similar fundraising campaigns for the Black-tailed Godwit. I really hope we can convince our potential sponsors that the scientific work of team Piersma is the basic understructure for nature conservation.