Boating on the Anacostia with the Washingtonian

I had my first boating lesson this week! I received my boating safety certification from the DC Harbor Patrol in March, and now it's finally warm enough to be out in the water and to do river tours of the Anacostia.   When we initially got on...

Anacostia River Festival

The Anacostia River Festival took place on Sunday, April 17th to celebrate the end of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Sponsored by the National Park Service and the 11th Street Bridge Project, the festival was a hit with live music performances, crafts from local partners, canoeing,...

Hidden Pond Nature Center’s Newest Employee

[caption id="attachment_9846" align="alignright" width="225"] My niece admiring our king snake, Arthur, at Hidden Pond Nature Center, April 2015.[/caption]   This week I started a NEW JOB with the Fairfax County Park Authority as a Naturalist at the Hidden Pond Nature Center. I have been volunteering at Hidden...

#NOVASEAS2016

This week I had the pleasure of attending NoVA Outside's School Environmental Action Showcase at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.  Rodney, Mr. Hoots, and I represented the Earth Conservation Corps as Eco-Partners. We shared information with hundreds of elementary and middle school students about raptors,...

Fish Windsocks

For the last few weeks, we have had students from Parkmont School visit the Anacostia River Center on Wednesdays to paint fish windsocks for the upcoming Anacostia River Festival. They were introduced to a few of the fish common to the river, including the American shad,...

Our EagleCam is LIVE!

The last few days I have been eating, sleeping, & breathing our EagleCam! It's a SUPER exciting time at the ECC office working on a press release, redoing our homepage, keeping all of our social media updated all while observing the EagleCam live stream with...

Temperature, pH, Transparency, oh my!

[caption id="attachment_9286" align="alignleft" width="177"] We used a Secchi Disk to determine the transparency of the water.[/caption] Last week at the Monique Johnson Anacostia River Center, I attended a training with Ibrahim Goodwin from the Environmental Protection Agency. Ibrahim walked us through the steps of determining the water quality of...

DCA-> DEN-> SAN->DCA

[caption id="attachment_9216" align="alignleft" width="287"] Aileen, her dog Diego, and I went on a marvelous hike to Horsetooth Mountain Falls in Fort Collins where we saw multiple white tailed deer beside the trail (pictured on the right).[/caption] Coming back to the East Coast took some time getting...