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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.

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

What makes a mission? Part 2: Appreciate and Understand

This is the second 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 appreciate and understand?Because to appreciate and … Continue reading

Take Action: Green Streets for Clean Water!

ANS and our partner environmental and watershed organizations in Montgomery County strongly support the county’s programs to manage polluted runoff (stormwater) off our paved surfaces. Polluted runoff is the most significant threat to water quality in our streams and creeks, and the only growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake … Continue reading

ANS comments in favor of parks and green space in the Bethesda sector plan

ANS sent a letter to the Montgomery County Council in favor of more parks and open space in the Bethesda downtown (sector) plan. In particular, we are in favor of more open space (setting a 10% target over the current 2%), strengthening Greenways that connect neighborhoods with green space along … Continue reading

ANS comments on Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan

The Anacostia Park Draft Management Plan examines four alternatives for managing one of Washington, DC’s largest and most important parks for the next 15 to 20 years. ANS members and supporters consider Anacostia Park and its constituent parts a valuable community resource, and support managing it in such a way as to … Continue reading

Environmentalists who are in it to win it

Interviews coordinated by Cathy Grubman and Caroline Brewer“Our Land, Our Water, Our Food” was the subject of a recent symposium hosted by Audubon Naturalist Society at Woodend. More than 75 people gathered to plot a part of the environmental future of the DC region. We asked a few of the … Continue reading