Fly Away, Fledglings

I can't believe it, but I have grown attached to Mary and Jimbo, the two juvenile Bald Eagles I have been monitoring online through our live stream camera.   I remember the very moment in mid-February when the first egg was laid. I was eating lunch in Boulder, Colorado, and...

The Corps Network’s Great Outdoors Day

June is Great Outdoors Month, and Great Outdoors Day is the way The Corps Network celebrates it! This was the third year of the event, with youth corps from around the country volunteering in the nation's capital for a day of service. This year the event...

Oh My, Osprey!

The Earth Conservation Corps (EPA) had the pleasure of hosting an EPA Retreat at the Pumphouse on Thursday. As part of the event, the EPA ended with a service project here to help restore more of the wetlands at Turtle Beach and gather water quality data....

Restoring the Wetlands at Turtle Beach

Its time to restore Turtle Beach!   The Earth Conservation Corps (ECC) planned a project to help restore the area beside the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center which we like to call "Turtle Beach." It is known as that because of the many water and mud turtles that began to show...

#Bioblitz2016

The National Park Service (NPS) and National Geographic Society partnered to host the first National BioBlitz to celebrate the NPS Centennial. Ronnell and I were invited to a dinner at the National Geographic Society campus the day before the event. There we dined with many...

Birds, Artwork, and Wine

May 18th was the date of the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) Sponsor Recognition Ceremony and Reception held at the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC. I felt important sitting in the first row of the ceremony, representing Environment for the Americas and the Earth Conservation...

ECC’s First IMBD Event!

Last weekend, the ECC held DC Bird Fest at the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center. We had games, crafts, live birds of prey and, of course, my handmade piñata. I constructed a Jeop-birdy board and we gave buddy bracelets to everyone that participated. Kids also...

Making A Pinata For International Migratory Bird Day!

For DC Bird Fest, in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day and the Centennial year of the Migratory Bird Treaty, I made a pinata of an American Black Duck. It took me four days to make the pinata from scratch!   Day 1 - I bought/gathered all...