Category Archives: Urban Watersheds

Make Your Lawn Bay Friendly!

The Takoma Horticultural Club presents Bay-friendly Lawn Care and Alternatives to Turf Presented by Geoffrey Rinehart, U.S. National Arboretum Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 – 9:00 pm District of Columbia Library, Takoma Park Branch* 416 Cedar Street NW, D.C. 20012 Update: this meeting location will be changed due to the shut down of the DC Metro Read More →

Hey Maryland Residents: Want Free Trees?

  This week I’m posting a note/guest post from Aubin Maynard, an environmental planner at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.   How would you like 5 to 25 tree seedlings at no cost to you through the Maryland Forest Service’s Backyard Buffer program? This program was created to help landowners that own less than 6 acres Read More →

Here’s Hoping #OptOutside Becomes a Tradition, Too

The national retailer of outdoor equipment REI made headlines earlier this year when it announced that its stores would remain closed on both Thanksgiving AND the day after, known  in the US as “Black Friday.” I’ve long been against the idea of any store opening on Thanksgiving. The holiday used to stand out as the one day of Read More →

Please Help Scientists Find the Coughing Frogs!

This just in! Your help needed! If you have a smart phone, researchers need you to record any “Wood Frog-like” calls right now and send them to the email below. You may have heard about a new species of Leopard Frog described this past fall from the NYC area: Rana kauffeldi Atlantic Coast Leopard Frog (a.k.a.  The Coughing Read More →

Care of Rain Gardens in Winter

Do Rain Gardens Need Special Care in Winter? This winter has brought extreme cold to many parts of the Northeast US.  Ice and snow have been building up in rain gardens in many areas, prompting people to wonder if the gardens will clog up and stop working. Along many streets in the Metropolitan DC area, rain Read More →

Beekeepers, Neonicotinoids & the Pollinator Protection Act

Beekeepers Come Out to Support the Proposed MD Bill About Neonicotinoids “This place is a hive of activity,” one man quipped as beekeepers entered the Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit dressed in their white canvas suits in Annapolis, MD last night. They had come, mesh hoods hanging down their backs, to show support for the proposed Pollinator Protection Read More →

Help Me Tell Stories about the Urban Environment

I’m pleased to announce that I’ve just joined the Beacon journalism project, and starting this February I’ll be writing stories about the urban environment for a project called “Greening the City.” I have always been fascinated by the intersection of nature and people in crowded urban spaces, and the ways in which green space can make Read More →

Finding Microplastic Trash in the Chesapeake Bay

Litter is easy to see along the urban shores of the Chesapeake Bay. On any given day, things like food containers, disposable bottles and tangled fishing lines float along almost any stretch of the Anacostia, Potomac, Severn, and Patuxent Rivers. After storms, plastic bags cling to tree branches along streams in those watersheds like socks hung out to dry. There’s Read More →

WetLand Art Installation Provokes Thoughts of A Watery Future

What will our coastal cities look like if the water rises as forecasted by climate change scientists?  How would urbanites adapt and change their lifestyle? Shortly after hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey and New York in 2012, Brooklyn-based installation artist Mary Mattingly began to ponder these questions.  The result was an other worldly houseboat called WetLand, Read More →

Trees for Bees

Bees Like Sunny Gardens, but They Also Feed on Trees Like a lot of gardeners, I associate bees with “full sun” locations – mostly because when I see bees in my yard I see them flying from flower to flower in search of nectar.  I don’t see them in the shade.  So last year when researching my book Read More →

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