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Montgomery County Stormwater Fight

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Drama! Intrigue! Stormwater!

Local Activists to Talk about the Twists and Turns of Montgomery County Stormwater Fight

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2018
For more information, contact Caroline Brewer at caroline.brewer@anshome.org or call 301-652-9188 x 23, or Lisa Goodnight,lglisagoodnight@gmail.com, 301-523-5394

Chevy Chase, MD -- ANS Director of Conservation Eliza Cava will speak on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 about the drama and intrigue surrounding this spring's stormwater fight in Montgomery County alongside fellow activists from the Potomac Conservancy and Friends of Sligo Creek.

Among the many twists and turns was the first veto of a capital improvement budget in 25 years by County Executive Ike Leggett, causing dispute and confusion among the County Council and the Department of Environmental Protection as to the reasons for his veto and how it might be overcome.

What: Opportunity to gain a greater understanding around the county's stormwater fight. Friends of Sligo Creek is hosting the meeting.
Date: August 28, 2018
Time: Presentation begins at 7:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at 7:15 pm.
Location:
Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

Eliza Cava - Audubon Naturalist Society Director of Conservation

Take Your Child To Work Day 2018

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Children of ANS Employees are Digging this Day of Nature Work and Play!

Take Your Child to Work Day will feature planting native trees

For Immediate Release: April 26, 2018
For more information, contact caroline.brewer@anshome.org or cell, 202-830-5115 or Lisa Goodnight, lglisagoodnight@gmail.com, 301-523-5394

CHEVY CHASE, MD – At least 10 area youth will be leaving behind screens to get their green on for Take Your Child to Work Day! Audubon Naturalist Society will engage the youngest members of its employee family in the restoration of Woodend Nature Sanctuary April 26, 2018, in honor of the annual career education celebration.

From 10 am to 12 noon today, the children of ANS employees will get their hands dirty in our woodland helping plant tree seedlings from an assortment of native trees to ensure the future of our forest, which has suffered from recent storms, disease, invasive species, and “four-hooved lawnmowers.”

Restoration Director Alison Pearce is leading the project.

Trees, of course, improve air quality, filter polluted runoff, clean streams, which supply drinking water, and provide shelter and food for countless wildlife species. On a day when work becomes play, ANS is thrilled to share hands-on experiences in the natural world with the next generation so that “going green” has more meaning – and just might become a way of life.

The native tree assortment includes: Red Maple, River Birch, Swamp White Oak, Willow Oak, Hazel Alder, Eastern Redbud, American Hazelnut, and American Sycamore.

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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

Follow ANS at www.Facebook.com/AudubonNaturalistSociety and www.Twitter.com/ANStweets

Environmental Champions

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Octavia E. Butler, Harriet Tubman Advocate and Other Trailblazers to Receive Awards February 28 at Taking Nature Black Conference

Black Environmental Stars Align at ANS's Environmental Champions Ceremony

For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018
For more information, contact Caroline Brewer, caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 301- 652-9188 x 23, or cell, 202-830-5115

Chevy Chase, MD – The Audubon Naturalist Society will salute national, regional, legacy, and youth environmental figures for engaging in service that improves the quality of life for under-resourced African American communities in ways that are unique, groundbreaking, and pioneering during the second-ever Taking Nature Black conference.

The 2018 #TakingNatureBlack Environmental Champions are:

MacArthur "Genius" Award-Winner Octavia Estelle Butler is the 2018 Taking Nature Black Legacy Environmental Champion. Butler, who died in 2006, was a writer, cultural critic, and literary force of nature. The Washington Post called her “a master storyteller and one of the finest voices in fiction, period.” Calling attention to environmental degradation and its effects on humanity was a theme she repeated in many of her science fiction novels.

Alan Spears, who played a crucial role in the campaign and designation of the Harriet Tubman Underground National Monument from 2011-13, is a National Environmental Champion. Alan is currently the Director of Cultural Resources at the National Parks Conservation Association. He helped gain passage of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Funding Re-authorization Act of 2008.  Recently, Alan led, co-led, or supported five successful national monument campaigns including Fort Monroe, Charles Young, Pullman, and Harriet Tubman.

Pioneering Environmental Justice Advocate Vernice Miller-Travis, a former program officer at the Ford Foundation, who created the foundation’s first-ever environmental justice grant-making portfolio, and who served as a member of the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, is also a National Environmental Champion. Vernice, in 2017, helped published a report on recommendations for how the EPA could more thoroughly integrate environmental justice considerations into core permitting functions.

Vince Leggett, an expert on the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and the history of African Americans on the Bay dating back to the Underground Railroad, is a Regional Environmental Champion. Vince has served as historical consultant for several documentary film projects focused on the Chesapeake’s diverse history, including the nationally broadcast PBS documentary, The War of 1812. He also has served on the Advisory Committee for the Harriet Tubman National Park.

Award-Winning and Trailblazing Researcher and Environmental Health Scientist Dr. Sacoby Wilson, Director of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) Initiative at the University of Maryland, is also a Regional Environmental Champion. Wilson, an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, works in the areas of exposure science, environmental justice, environmental health disparities, water quality analysis, air pollution studies, sustainability, and more.

Kari Fulton, an award-winning environmental and climate justice advocate and organizer, who recently served as Interim Director of the Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative, the first domestic coalition for Climate Justice, is being honored as a Regional Environmental Champion as well.

 

The conference's first Youth Environmental Champion is DaJuan Gay, a college student who has fought for low-income citizens to have access to the Chesapeake Bay, and stresses the importance of expanding environmental education to low-income and predominantly minority communities.

 

The Taking Nature Black Conference is a signature Black History Month event that celebrates African Americans in the environmental space, and provides educational, career-building, and networking opportunities.

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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

Follow ANS at www.Facebook.com/AudubonNaturalistSociety and www.Twitter.com/ANStweets

Nature Experts Speak Up

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Nature Experts from Across America to Speak Up for the Environment on Capitol Hill - February 8, 2018

Audubon Naturalist Society will lead Independent Audubons to press Congress for support for EPA Grants, the Clean Water Rule, Migratory Birds, the Chesapeake Bay, and more

For Immediate Release: February 2, 2018
For more information, contact Caroline Brewer, caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 301-652-9188 x 23

Chevy Chase, MD – Nature experts from Maine to Montana are gearing up for their first-ever Independent Audubons Lobby Day on February 8.

The environmental experts, who hail from 9 regions of the country, will press Congress on legislative and funding issues ranging from full funding for EPA grants, to protection of the Clean Water Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which inspired the founding of each Independent Audubon. On the agenda also will be full funding for regional initiatives in land conservation and habitat restoration, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program and its watershed, a source of drinking water for nearly 6 million people in the DC metropolitan region.

Lobby Day is organized by Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, which represents members in the DC metropolitan area, and was founded in 1897. Alexander, the only woman leader among the Independent Audubons, said, “When we protect nature, we protect ourselves. We have high hopes that our congressional members will understand that protection of clean air, water, and land are bipartisan priorities.”

Joining Alexander will be leaders from Audubons in Kansas, Connecticut, Maine, Montana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The Lobby Day Meeting Schedule:
9:45 a.m. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD)
9:45 a.m. Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT)
11 a.m. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
11:30 a.m. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (D-NJ)*
12:30 p.m. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)*
2 p.m. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)*
2 p.m. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH)*
2:30 p.m. Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)*
3:00 p.m. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA)

*(Meetings will be with staff)

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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

Follow ANS at www.Facebook.com/AudubonNaturalistSociety and www.Twitter.com/ANStweets

First-Ever Independent Audubons Lobby Day – February 8, 2018

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Environmental Advocates from Maine to Montana to Converge on Capitol Hill for First-Ever Independent Audubons Lobby Day – February 8, 2018

MD-based Audubon Naturalist Society will lead Independent Audubons to press Congress for support for EPA Grants, the Clean Water Rule, Migratory Birds, the Chesapeake Bay, and more

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2018
For more information, contact Caroline Brewer, caroline.brewer@anshome.org or 202-830-5115

Chevy Chase, MD – Leaders of environmental conservation, preservation, stewardship, and education organizations from Maine to Montana will converge on Capitol Hill Thursday, February 8, 2018.

Known as the Independent Audubons, the leaders will press Congress on legislative and funding issues ranging from full funding for EPA grants, to protection of the Clean Water Act and reinstatement of the Clean Water Rule, to protection of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which inspired the founding of each Audubon. Also on the agenda is full funding for regional initiatives in land conservation and habitat restoration, such as the Chesapeake Bay and its Watershed, a source of drinking water for nearly 6 million people in the DC metropolitan region.

Lobby Day is organized by Lisa Alexander, Executive Director of the Audubon Naturalist Society, representing members in the DC metropolitan area, and founded in 1897.

Continuing and emerging threats to the lands, waterways, and wildlife habitats of our nation make this first-ever Independent Audubons Lobby Day a significant development in the environmental movement. Details to come on meetings with congressional representatives, along with stories about the major progress that Independent Audubons across America have pioneered.

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About ANS: ANS is the oldest, independent environmental organization in the DMV. Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region’s iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS’s nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.

Follow ANS at www.Facebook.com/AudubonNaturalistSociety and www.Twitter.com/ANStweets