Natural Inquirer

  Natural Inquirer is a journal create to share high level scientific research findings in a way that middle school students students can understand and value. The articles are available thanks to the help of scientists in the USDA Forest Service that develop research with the goal of “caring for the land Read more…

State of the Birds Report on Private Lands

The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) recently published the 2013 State of  the Birds Report on Private Lands. The report is the nation’s first review of bird distribution and conservation opportunities on private lands, highlighting the contributions made by landowners across our nation who are exemplary stewards of habitat for birds, as well Read more…

Great Falls, Virginia

This weekend I decided to visit a place I had never been before: Great Falls National Park. Only 40 minutes driving from  DC, this surprisingly beautiful and historically rich site is home to the Great Falls of the Potomac River and ruins of the Potowmack  Canal, first canal in the Read more…

2013 Pollinator Week

Last Friday (June 23, 2013) the USDA FS Conservation Education Staff and myself were participating in the 2013 Pollinator Week. We set up a Forest Service  information table and engaged several hundred visitors from a wide diversity of nationalities inquiring about pollinators, why they are important, and what they could do to Read more…

Why are internships important?

I would like to share with you and all my fellow interns a compilation of other opportunities in the field of  conservation. Such opportunities for students to gain practical work experience should be an integral part of any college education as it further develops skills and professional competency. Internships are Read more…

18th Annual USDA Farmers Market Opening

Last Friday (June 7, 2013) was the opening of the annual USDA Farmer’s Market celebrating the 18th season of hosting fresh produce local vendors from DC, Maryland and Virginia. I was there representing the US Forest Service and Environment for the Americas, supporting environmentally friendly agriculture practices and healthier lifestyles. Read more…