Conor Flynn first moved to the Southwest to work as a seasonal park ranger at the Petrified Forest National Park and stayed to pursue a graduate degree in Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. But the Southwest had other plans for the incorrigible hiking enthusiast and he soon progressed from volunteering with Sky Island Alliance to full-time conservation work with Wild Earth Guardians. "Conservation biology is much more difficult than neuroscience", says Conor, who now "performs open-heart surgery on the landscape" as a member of WEG's restoration Stream Team. "At the end of the day I'm usually so tired I can barely crawl into my sleeping bag...the drama of restoring the environment is what inspires me; its not easy, but the rewards are very tangible. We're working as hard as we can to save the remaining ecosystems by restoring important-but-degraded habitat. I'd like to thank all the volunteers and donors who make this work possible: everyone has an important part to play in guarding the wild earth."