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.
Follow Me is the place to read field dispatches from SCA members serving the planet all over the USA.
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.
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?
Conservation doesn’t stop at the borders of the US — protecting the diversity of wildlife and habitat is an international responsibility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
Earlier this summer, the city of Prescott lost nineteen elite ﬁreﬁghters at the Yarnell Hill ﬁre in Arizona. The Granite Mountain Hotshots were found in their ﬁre shelters, emergency tents meant to be deployed as an absolute last resort.
I felt like a four year old dragging my feet through the sand and pouting despite the fact that I was in one of the most beautiful places in the country and had just witnessed a breathtaking sunrise at Delicate Arch. One of my friends was visiting from the east coast, so on my much-needed day off I agreed to spend the morning in the park and found myself regretting it immediately.
The milky, jade green water of the creek comes from glacial ﬂour - the pulverized rock that is scraped off the mountainside as the glacier moves.
Disclaimer: OK, so the photos in this post have little to do with its content, but what’s a good blog without pictures?
Driving into Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass offers a prelude to the magniﬁcent scenic views of the park’s wilderness.
Before beginning my internship at Devils Postpile National Monument, I made a pilgrimage to Yosemite National Park to experience John Muir’s Range of Light ﬁrsthand.
Hanging upside down in the desert It feels like a while since my last update, but perhaps that’s been because I’ve been doing quite a bit of exploring since ﬁrst arriving here in Moab, Utah. Arriving in Moab: now that’s a picture I’d like to paint for you.
One of the nicest parts about this internship is the way the work weeks are set up. We are on a eight days on -six days off schedule which allows us to bust out our work when need be and also gives us time to recuperate—and go adventuring! We have had the opportunity to explore the majority of Prince of Wales Island in addition to the places we visit while working in the surrounding area.