con·​ser·​va·​tion·​ist | \ ˌkän(t)-sər-ˈvā-sh(ə-)nist How to pronounce conservationist (audio) \

Definition of conservationist

: a person who advocates conservation especially of natural resources

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Recent Examples on the Web Bindi Irwin, the daughter of famed wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, recently posted on Instagram to let her followers know the Australia Zoo is safe from the fires. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Down Under donating proceeds to help Australia Zoo rescue animals from wildfires," 7 Jan. 2020 Such considerations enter the mind of a wildlife watcher / hunter / naturalist / conservationist when immersed in flow of life in the outdoors. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: View from tree stand invokes optimism for 2020 in the Wisconsin outdoors," 1 Jan. 2020 The forest site was cleared during previous excavations, Graham-Harrison reports, and conservationists may bring back some of the forest cover to shield delicate ancient buildings from the wind and sun. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "An Ancient Maya Palace Was Discovered in Yucatán State," 28 Dec. 2019 That aside, today’s conservationists tend to think that plants from elsewhere are always a bad idea. The Economist, "Eucalyptus Road The long and tangled history of California’s eucalyptus trees," 18 Dec. 2019 Artificial trees were becoming popular, especially with conservationists like President Theodore Roosevelt, who wasn’t keen on having a tree at the White House, but did allow one to be put up, said Satalino. Joan Hunt,, "Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum Offers Glimpses Of Christmas Past," 12 Dec. 2019 South Floridians could face water restrictions in 2020 because of a dry rainy season and low water levels in Lake Okeechobee, farmers and Everglades conservationists warned Tuesday. Brooke Baitinger,, "Little rainfall, low Lake Okeechobee levels could mean drought next year," 3 Dec. 2019 There are signs that the loss is slowing down: The area converted to cropland fell to 1.7 million acres in 2017, and conservationists say that provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill will help protect remaining grasslands. Mark Tutton, CNN, "Why bringing back bison could help restore America's lost prairie," 25 Nov. 2019 In the early twentieth century, Madison Grant, a Manhattan lawyer, joined the conservationist efforts of Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir, who had founded the Sierra Club in 1892. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "Why White Supremacists Are Hooked on Green Living," 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of conservationist

1870, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2020

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“Conservationist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of conservationist

: someone who works to protect animals, plants, and natural resources or to prevent the loss or waste of natural resources : a person who is involved in conservation

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