Questions to Ask Ourselves

Questions to Ask Ourselves

Christian Cooper’s experience while birding in Central Park has been described as one of the dominoes in the past week of tragedy and protests in the United States. (Photos: Brittainy Newman/The New York Times) As conservationists in America, we have to...
Tulips of the Sky

Tulips of the Sky

“Nothing can surpass in beauty the form, or the glossy, vivid green of the leaves of the tulip-tree. … but their glory was altogether eclipsed by the gorgeous splendor of the profuse blossoms. Conceive, closely congregated, a million of the largest and most...
Pandemic Era Park Data Starts to Come In

Pandemic Era Park Data Starts to Come In

What’s happening with park use? It appears to be up in a lot of places, including Richmond, Virginia (above). Community Mobility Reports from Google allow us to take a look. (Image: Google) Increasing park use has received a lot of attention over the past few...
Monday Memorial

Monday Memorial

It seems fitting to pause from our regular celebration of the magic of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for a day more focused on memory. We are in a moment – a long one – where loss is readily apparent, at a rate far higher than normal, from something we cannot see. We...
Gaze Upon Me to Soothe Your Soul

Gaze Upon Me to Soothe Your Soul

The world feels upside down. Our lives, as well. We search for normalcy, but cannot find it. We desire plans for the future — anticipation of good things to come — but cannot see when those plans will ripen. Some of us just seek to get by. One day to the...
The Future of Public Open Space

The Future of Public Open Space

The use and nature of public open space is already changing. Where will it go? How will it evolve? What do we need to do to make it more available and equitable?  (Photo: CCP/Doherty) The global pandemic has almost instantly impacted public open space. Both for good...
Through an Open Window

Through an Open Window

What’s right outside the window in a suburban yard? The year-round resident bird species might be more than you expect. But, now the magic is expanding dramatically as new migrants arrive daily. (Photos: clandestinewren photography) In the recurring theme of...
Unseen Corridors. Changes, Part 2

Unseen Corridors. Changes, Part 2

Let’s start with this. It’s remarkable and it feels good. It’s a 5 minute reminder of how much is often unseen. And for conservationists like us, it’s a sign of the wildlife corridors all around, even at this micro scale. (Filmed in...
Three Secrets, Likely Near You

Three Secrets, Likely Near You

You might easily pass it by. Just another tree along a trail in your county park. But, thirty feet above the ground someone naps through the day. (Photos: clandestinewren photography) It’s continuously astonishing how much goes on around us that we don’t...