“The wind is with us, but I wish it was the force.” This was a quote by a nice man in California City, one of many interesting characters we encountered this weekend while performing outreach. This 4-day mini-hitch consisted of hanging out with our local off-roaders, to educate them about the Rands Mountain Management Area permit program. We met folks of all ages, from seasoned couples who have been riding the Rands area for years, to 6 year old boys riding dirt bikes no higher than our knees. Seeing people roll up in their loud, neon, vamped-up dune buggies was like a commercial before...Read more
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.
Sometimes that problem has to do with collecting. When people collect rare and endangered species, like bog turtles and Plymouth red-bellied cooters, they can actually end up destroying and fragmenting breeding populations. So hands off! Many turtles have to survive a number of years before they’re able to...Read more
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. Various species of migratory shorebirds and waterfowl can be spotted at the refuge including semipalmated sandpipers, yellowlegs,...Read more
Forget diamonds. Nothing says forever like a 6 million year old mountain range. Ever evocative of enduring beauty, mystery, discovery, and commitment, it’s no wonder that national parks and public lands play setting to some of the most cheek-dampening marriage proposals and wedding ceremonies that you’re ever likely to see.
In brilliantly timed recognition of this fact, our pals at DOI shared a video compilation of public lands-set proposals and vows on Valentine’s Day last week, setting hearts a-ﬂutter all over the web. Grab the tissues and have a...Read more
Southwest Airlines volunteers were out in full force at Charles Frias park in Las Vegas on Wednesday. With warm weather and sunshine, SWA pilots, grounds-ops, accounts staff, and many more were in high spirits and good humor at the third SWA + SCA Connect with the Community day of service. The volunteers cleaned trash from a newly protected area and removed stakes supporting trees. There was excitement with how quickly time ﬂew and the 690 gallons of trash removed.
AllCorps is an event in during which SCA crews come together to camp, intermingle, and work to complete a project. This AllCorps challenged the Jawbone/Rands crews, Wilderness crews, and WildCorps crews to construct a fence roughly a mile in length along sections of SC51 and LA2 in the Jawbone Mountain area to prevent illegal riding routes around Robber’s Roost, an important bird of prey nesting locale. It was a whirlwind of a hitch, best described in rhyme…
In the beginning when numbers were few
Jawbone and Rands crews set up camp making certain nothing...Read more
The SCA and SWA braved a possible two inches of snow forecasted for later in the afternoon in Atlanta to volunteer in Piedmont Park on Monday, Feb.10. The tight-nit crew of volunteers managed to plant 6, 6 gallon pot Sycamore trees, and logged 39 service hours in one brisk morning. Freezing temperatures and frozen rocky Georgia clay proved no match for the volu...Read more
SWA and SCA teamed up to kick off the ﬁrst of six Message to the Field: Connect with the Community service events that will take place across the country. What an amazing start! Southwest Airlines employees, friends and family, along with SCA staff cleared 10 cubic yards of debris, mulched 93 trees, and planted 80 plants including peppermint ginger. The team worked together to beautify the front entrance to Bill Fredrick Park at Turkey Lake, Orlando, FL. The SWA team came ready to work and completed the needed beautiﬁcation...Read more