Empowered by circumstance, human society today will determine the condition of the world inherited by generations to come. Within this context, the current population of student and professional conservation biologists will shape human history. Progress in conservation is short-lived without a strong foundation in education. Education provides the opportunity for understanding and ultimately for the informed decision-making that leads to the wise use of limited resources. Education also provides the training necessary to cultivate the next generation of conservation scientists.  The Center for Conservation Biology is dedicated to providing opportunities for students to learn more about current conservation problems and the strategies employed to develop practical solutions.

There are few institutions in the county that provide a broader range of avian research opportunities for students than the Center for Conservation Biology. Since the establishment of the Center, staff members have involved hundreds of students, technicians, and interns in primary research designed to solve real conservation problems. These students have played an integral role in the success of many projects.