Conexiones Naturales

Conexiones Naturales

Bilingual Rangers and Smokey Bear getting ready for a day of fun activities with Latino park visitors at Sandy Point State Park.(L to R) Isabel Layton, Matias Orrego, Smokey, Daniel Salomon, and Julian Segovia.Credit: Chesapeake Conservancy “I love spending time...
What’s Bugging our Bugs?

What’s Bugging our Bugs?

Cicadas were the undisputed “Bug of the Summer” this year.Credit: Britt Slattery They appeared in a flash and took over much of the watershed with their cries and swarms, but then just as quickly they’ve faded from our public consciousness to restart their...
Where the Bay Meets the Ocean

Where the Bay Meets the Ocean

A technical graphic shows the Bay’s outflow plume throughout the year.Credit: University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science For several decades the health of the Chesapeake Bay has been understood to be linked to the 64,000 square mile watershed....
Reflecting on Wilderness

Reflecting on Wilderness

Why a photo of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon? A recent experience there leads to this reflection on the value of wilderness. Wilderness. I’ve strayed from it in recent decades – the experience and the concept. Not long ago, I wrote “the rose-colored glasses...
Popularity Crisis

Popularity Crisis

Visitors pile into Cunningham Falls State Park.Credit: Baltimore Sun/Barbara Haddock Taylor “Nobody goes there any more. It’s too crowded.” This line often attributed to baseball great Yogi Berra is really traced back to England in the late 1800’s. But it is very...
Great Outdoors Month

Great Outdoors Month

Bilingual Ranger Julian Segovia leading a seine net program for Latinx youthCredit: Will Grinnell/Chesapeake Conservancy Ahhhhh, June! With the turn of the calendar comes the end of the school year; the beginnings of longer, warmer days and firefly-visited, starry...
Follow the Money

Follow the Money

The Biden administration’s budget contains encouraging signals for conservation funding.Credit: Roger Helmer, MEP On May 28 the Biden administration released its budget proposals for fiscal year 2022. Coinciding with the President’s proclamation of June as Great...
Conservation Finance

Conservation Finance

Protecting landscapes like this may require accounting for the financial benefits.Credit: Chesapeake Bay Foundation John Griffin, Tim Male A major theme of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership’s 2016 Annual Working Meeting was “Growing the Pie.” Translation:...
The Rosenwald Schools

The Rosenwald Schools

One philanthropist built thousands of schools for African-Americans in the era of Jim Crow. (Photos: EHT Traceries) As our nation struggles to address a record of racial conflicts and challenges, we may gain encouragement by reflecting on positive stories of the past....
Keeping America Beautiful

Keeping America Beautiful

This week, Lighting Update welcomes its new writer, Warren Brown. Along with appearances of some guest writers, Warren will now be the regular writer of Lightning Update. Warren had an illustrious career with the National Park Service, including as the Chief of Park...