Follow Me: SCA member blogs from the field

Follow Me is the place to read field dispatches from SCA members serving the planet all over the USA.

Eric Magnus | May 14, 2014

Eric here with a look back at the last leg of the “CONSERVATION ROCK TOUR ALL STAR GREAT AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ECO-FRIENDAPOLOZA ‘14” that Dan and I have been immersed in for the past month, otherwise known as Reverb and L.L. Bean’s Campus Consciousness Tour.

Eric Magnus | May 5, 2014

After a short break we’re back on the road with the Reverb Campus Consciousness Tour, hitting 6 schools in 7 days and covering nearly 2000 miles!

Daniel Penzi of the SCA Reverb Tour Crew models an assortment of L.L. Bean gear stuffs

Jean Bartholomew | April 29, 2014

On Saturday, rain and clouds gave way to sunny, warm weather for our final “Heart This City” service event in Point State Park. 80 volunteers from across Pittsburgh turned up to join AEO and SCA volunteers. It was exciting to see groups from Pittsburgh Cares, Pitt, CMU, Duquesne, the SCA Green Cities fellows, and Southwest employees join in the action to Heart our City!

Jean Bartholomew | April 24, 2014

I heart the rolling hills. I heart the rivers. I heart the bridges. I heart the Steelers. I truly heart this tough little city.
 
Yep, you guessed it! We have finally arrived in Pittsburgh, the City of Champions. I will refrain from using this blog as a platform to write solely about how much I heart this city. But I am super excited to be in my hometown.
 
Service at The Point in Pittsburgh with American Eagle Outfitters.

Stacy Stone | April 21, 2014

What a great day for a service project in the Crescent City! Bad weather forced us to reschedule the project earlier this month, so we were ecstatic to be back in New Orleans, this time with sunshine and clear blue skies. The weather was a great indicator of how we’d feel by the end of the day, with yet another fantastic project completed! Upon driving into the project site we finally saw the beautiful New Orleans edition of the “HeART This City” mural by street artist Totem.

Eric Magnus | April 16, 2014

As we arrived in Miami, the balmy night air breezing in through our rental car made this much clear: our winter was over. Where Dan and I live in New York City, this year’s relentlessly cold weather made Spring seem like a distant dream, even in the second week of April.

Stacy Stone | April 15, 2014

This Saturday Chicago showed us what it means to HeART This City! Over 50 volunteers gathered at Our Lady of Tepeyac School to spruce up the playground and finish an amazing mural by street artist Nina Palomba. We teamed up with local SCA leaders and staff and spent the morning with volunteers painting, mulching, and planting a butterfly garden in the school’s playground.

Jean Bartholomew | April 12, 2014

We made it to the Windy City! This week, I arrived with the stellar “HeART this City” team and immediately set to prepping for Saturday’s event. Chicago has been warm and sunny, much to my surprise. Spring in this city is significantly nicer than I expected!

Jean Bartholomew | April 7, 2014

We made it to New Orleans! And then out of New Orleans a little earlier than expected, but more on that later. This city’s charm immediately captivated me - I can firmly say that I Heart this City! This being my first time to NOLA, I was so excited to work and discover the town. Upon arrival, we immediately took a stroll around City Park, marveling at the beautiful trees, sculpture garden, and the people boating by.

Jean Bartholomew | March 23, 2014

What a day! It was so exciting to see so many people come out to the kick-off event for HeART This City. We started out the day bright and early at 7am to begin setting up for the day’s activities. I got to work preparing my domain - the registration table. We adorned it with our sweet limited-edition t-shirts, water bottles, SCA sunglasses, and breakfast. Meanwhile, my compadres began prepping the timber for planter box construction.

Jean Bartholomew | March 21, 2014

Editor’s note: Over the next several weeks, SCA and American Eagle Outfitters are bringing love to urban greenspaces across the country with a series of major service events called “HeART this City.” Native plants will be planted, massive murals will be painted, and hundreds of volunteers will roll up their sleeves to #servetheplanet. Jean’s blog will give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to organize and lead such an undertaking.

Tom Barnes | February 19, 2014

Today, we’re talking about how, in some cases, our passion for nature can actually end up doing more harm than good to the cause of conservation. Some of the world’s problems are so obvious, like pollution and poaching, that we end up missing what’s right under our nose.

Tom Barnes | February 19, 2014

For those that love history as well as the outdoors, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, located along the Delaware coast, is a birder’s paradise. The refuge also features a pre-revolutionary war farmhouse on the National Register of Historic Places. Saltwater marshes at the refuge are first-rate habitats for many migratory birds that stop in Delaware Bay on their journey along the Atlantic Flyway.

Tom Barnes | January 23, 2014

Ever looked out your window and wondered which of our flying feathered friends is perched on your feeder? Or maybe you even take note of the variety of beautiful birds that pass through your backyard or favorite hiking spot, but have no idea what kind of birds they are and don’t own a field guide. (Let’s be honest — even if you did, who has time for flipping through hundreds of pages in this ever-accelerating digital age?

Tom Barnes | January 15, 2014

Conservation doesn’t stop at the borders of the US — protecting the diversity of wildlife and habitat is an international responsibility.

Tom Barnes | December 30, 2013

Look out, Northeast — already there have been many more sightings of snowy owls this season, and much further south than expected.

An irruption, in birding, is when a species of bird moves into an area where it doesn’t normally winter. Snowies have been spotted as far south as North Carolina this year, in what’s being considered one of the most dramatic snowy irruptions witnessed in recent years. This wintering season, one was even spotted in Bermuda — certainly a warm weather destination far from the upper latitudes where they typically make their home.

Tom Barnes | December 24, 2013

With so many options to choose from, finding the right gift for that special someone can be stressful. But there’s a gift that almost anyone can appreciate, and that’s one that gives back to wildlife: the Federal Duck Stamp.

Tom Barnes | December 17, 2013

Wisdom the Laysan albatross returned to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge!

Wisdom laid her newest egg on November 29, 2013 – exactly a year and one day since she laid her last egg! She and her mate are currently brooding the egg. Wisdom is the oldest banded, wild bird in the world and has nested consecutively at the refuge since 2008.

Tom Barnes | December 9, 2013

While it seems counterintuitive, students can learn the most when they’re not at a desk. And that’s the mission of the Schoolyard Habitat Program — to teach students about the outdoors, while outdoors.

Hands-on learning is the name of the game here, with students and educators working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to assist students in restoring the natural landscapes around or nearby their schools.

Tom Barnes | December 9, 2013

Whether you’re in a post-Thanksgiving turkey coma or eating popcorn at the premiere of “Catching Fire,” food is on everyone’s mind, wildlife included. And for good reason — animals across the Northeast are preparing to sustain themselves during the coming winter months.

Temperatures are dropping and food is getting scarce. Of course, wildlife have adapted in numerous ways to deal with long winters.

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