#NAOC2016

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to attend the 2016 North American Ornithological Conference. Birders from around the world migrated here to Washington, D.C. and presented posters, set up exhibits, listened to key speakers, and gave hundreds of presentations. It was nice to be...

Making Plans for the Junior Duck Stamp Club

Recently I posted about the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) becoming the coordinators in DC for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program. We have been rolling with the idea to host an after school club at a nearby elementary school in order to...

A Day on the River with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

For our final week with the Green Zone Environmental Program (GZEP) participants, we arranged a river excursion on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Almost immediately after leaving the dock, we saw an Osprey return to one of three Osprey nests...

Urban Waters National Training Workshop

The Earth Conservation Corps team had the opportunity to attend the Urban Waters National Training Workshop in Arlington, Virginia. We really enjoyed attending the Emerging Youth Leaders Lunch on Tuesday, where we came together with folks from all over the U.S., including from Oregon, Texas, Ohio,...

And the Green Grass Grows All Around…

Our project with the Green Zone Environmental Program this week was to plant pollinator gardens. We worked with about 35 teens and young adults at a neighborhood park in Southeast. The students worked diligently to remove trash, leaves, old grass clippings, and weeds before getting started...

Drum Circle Leadership

A Drum Circle Leadership workshop was not something I expected to come into at the office on Thursday morning. Jim Donovan, former member of the band Rusted Root, led the program to teach group music-making while also teaching how to improve personal wellness, teamwork and leadership skills....

Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program

This week the Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) had a great meeting with Suzanne Fellows and Rachel Levin of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to talk about the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Program. They came to tell us about the program and see if the ECC...

Welcoming the Green Zone Environmental Program

This Wednesday was the first of many that the Earth Conservation Corps will be spending with the DC Department of Energy & Environment's Green Zone Environmental Program participants.   Over the summer, we will have the opportunity to work with about 50 of DC's 14- 24 year-olds and introduce...