Battle of the Beltway Birdathons Underway
Now through Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, we're going head-to-head with Irvine Nature Center in a friendly competition we're calling the Battle of the Beltway Birdathons! Our annual Bloomin' Birdathon fundraising event, now in its 34th year, provides an opportunity to raise critical funds for our local conservation and education programs while getting you out into nature on your own or with colleagues, family and friends.
Count for a cause! Help us reach our fundraising goal of $30,000. And beat Irvine Nature Center for the Bird's Nest Crown for the greatest number of bird species counted. Sign up and learn more today.
Victory for Ten Mile Creek!
April 1, 2014—no April Fool's Day joke—the Montgomery County Council voted unanimously to approve the Ten Mile Creek Limited Master Plan Amendment. The approved plan limits imperviousness to 6% on new development projects in the most sensitive areas; mandates 80% open space requirements and 200‐foot buffers for wetlands, streams and groundwater springs; and spurs reforestation with a goal of 65% forest cover for the entire watershed. Diane Cameron, ANS Conservation Director and the Save Ten Mile Creek Coalition Coordinator, called the vote “a victory for citizens and scientists working together with elected officials to protect our last, best creek – Ten Mile Creek.” Thanks to all those who wrote emails and letters, provided testimony and spoke out to protect clean water. Read more.
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Don't Miss Don Messersmith's Talk: A Cross Continent Natural History Foray, Thursday, April 24 at Woodend
Don Messersmith will tell stories about his solo cross-country trip through 30 states and four Canadian provinces for over five months talk last summer. See his photos of highlights of his incredible 21,733-mile journey through North America. Read more and RSVP today.