Humans have been blamed for the demise of myriad creatures…so imagine helping to pull one back from the brink of extinction.
The Key Largo woodrat has a gray-brown back, a white belly, and measures 14 inches from nose to tail. “They’re kind of cute,” states SCA intern and AmeriCorps member Chris Burgess. “They have big Mickey Mouse ears.”
Appearances aside, this rodent is considered a keystone species on the north end of this popular Florida island. “They eat only nuts and fruits,” Chris notes...Read more
Theodore Roosevelt was a grand man known for grand gestures, thus it should be no surprise that he loved—LOVED—the Grand Canyon. When he visited it in 1903, making him the first president to do so, his reaction was, well… grand. “The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison — beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world … Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what...Read more
The Danger Six, a “Special Operations Unit” composed of SCA Massachusetts Americorps members and staff, traveled to the city of Boston to aid in snow removal efforts. For three days and two nights, the unit cleared snow and received positive encouragement from many Bostonians. Although their service in Boston is complete for now, the Danger Six remain together and are willing to serve whenever they are needed.
The following text is excerpted from a field statement written by Danger Six member Daniel Dobrosielski
I had just witnessed ﬁrst-hand that using technology and spending time outdoors is not an either/or proposition. One does not inherently exclude or lessen the value of the other, and just because we have a generation that loves their phones, doesn’t mean we won’t have a generation of conservationists too. I believe the marrying of technology and nature will help to better both, making each more valuable, more accessible and healthier. And I believe that students like the ones I worked with today will be the driving force behind this marriage for many years to come....Read more
I was picking up trash the other day on the West edge of Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge, where old pizza boxes, beer cans, plastic bags and other miscellaneous, unidentifiable objects are scattered across the landscape. Most of this litter is cast from cars zipping by on US Highway 1. As the Florida sun continued beaming, I got an eerie gut feeling that I was being watched, like something had snuck up on me. Looking around I discovered that just a few feet away a hardy but harmless gopher tortoise lurked quietly...Read more
Today Steph Jeffries is a professor in the Forestry and Environmental Resources Department at North Carolina State University. In the summer of 1992, she was an SCA intern at Chugach National Forest in Alaska.
Her recent book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests, gives readers rich, ecological insights into 30 different popular hikes in the area. She supports SCA because she sees it “…transforming students all the time.”
We recently...Read more