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.

Submitted by Eric Magnus on Wed, 4/16/2014 - 20:10 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Stacy Stone on Tue, 4/15/2014 - 20:40 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Jean Bartholomew on Sat, 4/12/2014 - 17:01 / Follow me blog post

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!

Submitted by Jean Bartholomew on Mon, 4/7/2014 - 17:16 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Jean Bartholomew on Sun, 3/23/2014 - 15:25 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Jean Bartholomew on Fri, 3/21/2014 - 15:57 / Follow me blog post
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.
Submitted by Tom Barnes on Wed, 2/19/2014 - 09:43 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Wed, 2/19/2014 - 09:32 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Thu, 1/23/2014 - 15:03 / Follow me blog post

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?

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Wed, 1/15/2014 - 12:55 / Follow me blog post

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

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Mon, 12/30/2013 - 16:07 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:57 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:05 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Mon, 12/9/2013 - 19:20 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Mon, 12/9/2013 - 18:54 / Follow me blog post

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.

Submitted by Tom Barnes on Mon, 12/9/2013 - 18:42 / Follow me blog post

My name’s Tom, and as an SCA outreach assistant with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s communications office in the northeast, I’ll be sharing stories with you these next few months.

I’m a senior English major at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and besides working with the Service, I’m an editor at the student newspaper and perform with UMass’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. I’m looking forward to talking to you about conservation news and entertaining, educating nature stories.

Submitted by Alyssa Kalter on Fri, 11/22/2013 - 17:48 / Follow me blog post

Most of my time at my SCA internship was spent working with and improving the projects I discussed with you guys in my last blog: food waste management, electrical use reduction. I spent some of my extra time looking for what low hanging fruit I could address regarding other aspects of sustainability on site. The longer I was at the site, the more comfortable with and more confident in my role as a sustainability intern I became.

Submitted by Alyssa Kalter on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 17:06 / Follow me blog post

Among the waste reduction projects I worked on at Zephyr Cove, my favorite was working on food waste. I knew I would be working with food waste reduction before I came here; it’s one of the things that attracted me to the position. When I got here, I learned that the site has a food management process that’s used at all ARAMARK sites; the program has a strong emphasis on reducing un-needed waste. I was very excited to jump in and get my hands dirty (literally).

Submitted by Alyssa Kalter on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 14:19 / Follow me blog post

At the beginning of my internship ARAMARK brought all of the SCA Sustainability Interns to Philadelphia for an orientation to discuss the program and learn more about SCA and Aramark. We spent most of the time viewing presentations and in discussions with SCA and ARAMARK leaders, but we also got the opportunity to spend some time in the community surrounding the ARAMARK headquarters doing a service project at an urban farm (right up my alley).

Submitted by Alyssa Kalter on Mon, 11/18/2013 - 13:58 / Follow me blog post

Hey all, I’m Alyssa, I’m currently working as an ARAMARK/SCA intern out in Nevada at a resort/campground. My internship is actually almost over, but I was given the great opportunity of talking about it here on Follow Me. If it’s okay with you, I’ll start from the way beginning, and talk about the time from when I first heard the word “sustainability” to today, when I’m proud to call myself a member of the SCA.

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