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Read up on the news from ANS’ Conservation team. Learn about clean water policy in the DC region, citizen science, stream health, forest & meadow restoration at our Woodend Sanctuary, and more.

How about a watershed class this fall?

Did you find yourself worrying about your neighborhood creek or stream during the recent storms?  Do you want to learn more about what you can do to make our waterways healthier?  If so, it sounds like you should sign up for the Anacostia Watershed Society’s National Capital Region Watershed Stewards … Continue reading

Action Alert: Save the Clean Water Rule!

The Trump Administration is gutting protections for streams, wetlands, and drinking water. We can’t let this happen. Send a message to the EPA today and tell Administrator Scott Pruitt to keep his hands off of our water!We only have 30 days to stop this dangerous decision and defend our water. … Continue reading

Middle School Student Reflects on Learning – and Teaching – about Water Quality Monitoring

By Alison TrackmanVolunteering with the Audubon Naturalist Society has truly been a wonderful experience.  I was looking for a service project that was appropriate for my age.  ANS’s water quality monitoring program was a great option because it is not only for all ages, but it is extremely interesting for … Continue reading

Action Alert: Tell the Transportation Planning Board to Say NO to an Outer Beltway Bridge!

To those who took action by sending a letter to the Montgomery County Council, thank you! Their resolution against an Outer Beltway Bridge passed unanimously this morning. Now, on to the next stage: Tomorrow, from noon – 2 pm, the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, … Continue reading

Say NO to an Outer Beltway Bridge!

A proposed “Outer Beltway” crossing of the Potomac River somewhere north of the current Beltway–what we like to call the “zombie bridge”–has raised its head again. In case you didn’t see it in the Washington Post this morning:A second Potomac River bridge connecting Montgomery County and Northern Virginia — an … Continue reading

Audubon Naturalist Society’s Woodend Sanctuary Rain Garden is Nearing Completion

On Monday, June 26th, representatives from Montgomery Parks joined ANS for a tour and discussion of the newly installed rain garden at Woodend Sanctuary. Although the rain garden won’t have its ribbon cutting ceremony until later this year, it is rapidly approaching completion. With the perfect warm weather for such … Continue reading

Citizen Science at Woodend Nature Sanctuary

You’ve probably heard about the ANS citizen scientists who have been monitoring streams in our region for 25 years.  These water protectors sound the alarm on threats to water quality.  But did you know there are several citizen science efforts happening at Woodend?  As we gear up to restore plant … Continue reading

Conservation Policy and Advocacy News around the region: June edition

Check out some of the big news, success stories, and advocacy efforts of your ANS staff and volunteers over the last few months…National ⚡️ “ANS joins the Choose Clean Water Coalition Chesapeake Bay Lobby Day”https://t.co/lUjAmmoE4f— AudubonNaturalistSoc (@ANStweets) May 3, 2017 ANS joined the Choose Clean Water Coalition in a Capitol … Continue reading

Victory for Parks Over Parking Lots!

On April 25th, thanks to the work of ANS and community organizations, the Montgomery County Council voted to approve converting four parking lots to future parks in the Bethesda downtown plan! This plan has been in the works since 2015, and is a once-in-twenty-years opportunity to review the planning and … Continue reading

What makes a mission? Part 3: Protect

This is the third in a short series examining ANS’ mission and what it means for the Conservation Program. The Audubon Naturalist Society inspires residents of the greater Washington, DC, region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor experiences, education, and advocacy. Why protect? Because what we … Continue reading