By Mark Kenyon

If you haven’t heard, today is “Giving Tuesday.” With so many named days this time of year, ie. “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”, someone eventually decided that we should throw one more in the mix – but one with a greater good at heart. That said, on “Giving Tuesday,” people across the country are asked to give back a little to the organizations, causes and issues that they care about.

And today I’d like to encourage you to give back to the wild places and animals that have given you and I so much.

Think about what you’re passionate about, what you spend the most time doing or dreaming about doing, and what experiences have touched you the most deeply in your life – if you’re at all like me, almost all of those things are related to wild places and wildlife. Unfortunately these places and animals are continually threatened.

Rampant development, pollution, energy extraction, mis-management, road-building, sale/transfer of public lands – the challenges facing our natural world and its inhabitants are never ending.

But as Teddy Roosevelt, the original hunter/conservationist, said, “the wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.”

We have to be the ones to stand up for these places and these animals, as hunters and anglers always have. It’s not always easy, it’s not always politically convenient, it’s not always fun. But if we want to continue to hunt and fish and enjoy the incredible natural world we’ve been gifted with, the responsibility is ours.

That said, take a second today to donate a few dollars to the cause or organization of your choosing that supports the great outdoors. Every little bit helps.

Here are a few organizations you might want to consider: