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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.

Take Action: NoVA Needs Clean Water, not Bad Bridges!

WHAT’s HAPPENING? This Thursday, October 12th the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will be voting to update a long range transportation plan that will include funding for future projects.WHY DO I CARE? Bridges, roads, rails and transit – what do all of these have in common in VA? According to … Continue reading

My Experience as a Conservation Mapping Intern at ANS

Working for the Audubon Naturalist Society at Woodend Sanctuary this summer has been a truly great learning opportunity. I have met new and interesting people, gained new insights, and learned much more about stream conservation and ecology than I had ever imagined I would.As a conservation intern, my job was to … Continue reading

Through the Eyes of Macros: Looking at Broad Branch Stream Health

Tucked away in the Forest Hills community flows the recently restored Broad Branch stream. At first glance one would not assume that just a few years ago the stream was ‘daylighted’ and removed from the pipe it had been confined to flow through for years. With the help of additional … Continue reading

Conservation Policy & Advocacy News Around the Region: September Edition

Check out some of the big news, success stories, and advocacy efforts of your ANS staff and volunteers over the last few months…NationalThe attacks of the Trump Administration and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on environmental protections continue. In July, Pruitt formally began the process of rolling back the Clean Water … Continue reading

Press Release: ANS WILL “WATCHDOG” PURPLE LINE DEVELOPMENT

“Mourns loss of forest that mitigates climate change and pollution”FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  – August 30, 2017CONTACT: caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 301-652-9188 x 23 for more informationChevy Chase, MD – In response to news that the Purple Line developers broke ground this week, Audubon Naturalist Society (ANS) Executive Director Lisa Alexander issued the … Continue reading

Electrofishing: Monitoring Stream Health with Fish Surveys

Written by Sarah Becker and Christian SchluterA little before 10:00 am on the morning of August 2nd, a group carrying nets, clad in fishing waders, and wearing backpacks reminiscent of the Ghostbusters franchise’s ‘Proton Packs’, met to hike to Cabin John Creek. This 11-person group of Montgomery Parks Department employees … Continue reading

ANS Comments to Maryland Department of the Environment on Next Round of County Stormwater Permits

On August 25th, ANS along with 38 other organizations and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, submitted a letter to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) containing recommendations for how success in the next round of stormwater permits for large counties (“Phase I MS4 permits” under the Clean Water Act) … Continue reading