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...
What Changes Ahead?

What Changes Ahead?

What’s happening now is big. Bigger than most of us have ever experienced. It will cause dramatic change. The question is: how do we respond, and how do we advance conservation that benefits all? (Illustration: UK News-Observer/Chris Ridell) This is the time for...
Fallout, of the Best Kind

Fallout, of the Best Kind

It often happens on a spring day like this, cool and crisp. A weather front has moved through and the skies have brightened. There is a feeling of renewal in the air. And the trees are alive with magic. (Photos: top, CCP/Doherty; warblers, clandestinewren photography;...
Beauties, Bells, Jack, and a Fun Guy

Beauties, Bells, Jack, and a Fun Guy

Our local parks and preserves are coming to life. And a lot of it is happening on the forest floor. Spring beauties are re-emerging in abundance in many places. (Photos: CCP/Doherty) A relatively cool April is making some of the Chesapeake magic last! And the...