A Huge Thank You!
First of all, of course, a huge, sincere, "thank you" to all of you. Whether you donated, $1, $1000, or simply shared the news about this project with others, we want to thank you all so very much. The support we've seen throughout this campaign, and in so many different ways, has been overwhelming.
To be perfectly honest, creating and running this campaign has been very difficult for me. The truth is, I hate talking about money, and asking people for money is just about the worst, most uncomfortable thing I can imagine. I'm not very good about asking people for any kind of help, much less money. I know how hard I work for every dime I make, and I know how it feels to be constantly bombarded by companies, organizations, and people, all of whom have great ideas that involve separating me from that money I've worked so hard for. So, it is not with light or flippant attitude that I accept and thank you for your generosity.
Quite the opposite, actually. We take every donated dollar very seriously, and we consider the funds to be far more of an investment than a simple donation. You have invested in a program that is conducting scientific research, educating and inspiring men & women, and boys & girls, of all backgrounds and ages, and supported a program that has been a "life-changing experience" (their words, not mine) for so many. Your investment will pay dividends in the lives of countless people starting this summer, and for years to come.
Your support also has been uplifting. Even though we love what we do, it isn't always easy being in the sciences. In an age of ever shrinking government funding, and in which denial of even the most basic scientific principles have reached levels so great that the subject makes the cover story of National Geographic and headlines almost daily - truly epidemic proportions - it is a great feeling to see that there are still many people out there who believe in what we do and are willing to support it.
Finally, although this may seem to be an ending in some ways, it is much more of a beginning. I'd like to invite all of you to continue to follow us on our adventures, and be witness to all of our triumphs - many of which will be the direct result of your support. The field camp has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, and our imaginations are the only limits for the program. We have a lot of very exciting plans beyond the quickly-approaching field season, and we want you to continue to be a part of them. We would love for you to follow us on Facebook, Google+, and our YouTube channel. We also plan to continue sharing news and notes here in our Experiment.com Lab Notes. Please always feel free to leave notes, comments, and questions - we'd love to hear from you.
So again, thank you all so very much. Please stay in touch!
P.S. Everything about the Bighorn Basin Dinosaur Project is a total team effort. We are firm believers that collaboration is the best way to do science, and it is the basis for everything we do and stand for as a research and field team. This campaign, in particular, would not have been possible without the efforts of so many people. I can't name them all, but Brittany, Jason, Bill, Dave, Susan, Rick - thank you all.