We just got back from Hitch 3, where we found ourselves on our own for the ﬁrst time – just the ﬁve of us in the Rands! It was our ﬁrst time experiencing peer leadership and its new freedoms and challenges, as well as the new dynamics of a small crew. On the Rands crew was Dan, Hailee, Tori, Kyle, and me, Natalie, as Hitch-Leader. We started off pre-hitch by cooking some last-minute foods, grocery shopping, navigating through a few small bumps in the road, and ﬁnally setting up camp. We spent our ﬁrst ﬁeld day ﬁnishing up an incursion from...Read more
354 vertical mulch, 382 seed pits, 1,297 m2, 7 incursions, 5 cinnamon rolls, 1 ﬁre, 424 people hours, and 10 days later, we have successfully ﬁnished our ﬁrst actual full hitch out in the ﬁeld. Although physically demanding, we pushed through and accomplished more than we had originally planned. It felt great to be in the full swing of things and have our project leader hand off the reigns to us.
The crew decided to camp closer to our work site and stray away from the popular SC88 site. This came without forfeiting the beautiful sunrises...Read more
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.
While some...Read more
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.
It’s one of the surest ways of conserving America’s nature. In fact, 98 cents of every dollar, or $14.70, of the proceeds of every Duck Stamp sold go to preserving wetlands via the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund. It certainly beats another gift certiﬁcate, because it shows you know the Stamp’s...Read more
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.
Laysan albatrosses mate for life and Wisdom has raised between 30 to 35 chicks since being banded in 1956 at an estimated age of 5. Laying only one egg per year, a breeding albatross will spend a tiring 365 days incubating and...Read more
Louise Shelley of Washington, DC, is a generous SCA contributor who also donates her time, contacts, and considerable energy to advancing the cause of youth conservation service right in her own neighborhood – literally. Louise’s magniﬁcent backyard garden is a stone’s throw away from the Battery Kemble unit of Washington DC’s Rock Creek Park.
Like much of the green space in Washington, Rock Creek is owned and managed by the National Park Service. Battery Kemble was part of the ring of Union defenses around Washington during the Civil War but now is a treasured, wooded...Read more
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.
If my teachers had brought me outside to learn when I was in grade school, I know I would have been paying attention — partly because it’d be impossible to...Read more