The FIDS are Alright?

A male scarlet tanager, right, and female scarlet tanager are photographed at the Foreman's Branch Bird Observatory at Chino Farms in Kent County, Md., on May 11, 2016. The scarlet tanager is a neo-tropical migrant, spending its breeding season in North American woodlands. It is one of many species that depends upon

A Native Plant Meditation Garden at Faith Community Baptist Church

In May 2018, the Alliance began working with Faith Community Baptist Church in Richmond, VA  on a project to create a community garden on its property to battle food insecurity and help preserve the James River watershed. In addition to the community garden, we've helped implement a new rainwater harvesting system and a rain garden

An Act of Faith on the Anacostia River

On a beautiful and sunny Saturday morning, a group of 45 volunteers gathered on a foot bridge spanning the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. Members of the group EcoSikh had met, passing around trash bags and gloves, to collect trash from Heritage and Kingman Islands as part of the Alliance’s Project Clean Stream initiative. Before

Leading Ladies of the Local Government Advisory Committee: Celebrating Women’s History Month

The Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) is comprised of 20 elected officials across the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds. Members of LGAC work closely to further engage their local governments, and develop and implement beneficial environmental strategies within and around their communities. There are seven women in LGAC who are not only leaders within the

Spotlighting Six of the Women in Leadership at the Alliance

In honor of International Women's Day, we are spotlighting a few of the amazing women who are a part of our leadership team, and who shape the work that we do every day to restore the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. Check out six of the incredible women who help lead our watershed-wide

Halfway Through My Chesapeake Conservation Corps Internship

My first community tree planting in Camp Springs in Prince George's County, MD. This month marks the half way point in my year long internship with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC), which is a great time for reflection on my work so far and a cause for celebration looking forward to my end

Project Highlight: Covington Road Tree Planting

On a cold, rainy Richmond day in February, dozens of Alliance volunteers rallied together for a planting day! Volunteers planted over 50 native trees in a riparian area along Reedy Creek in Richmond, VA. Partners involved in making the event a success were Reedy Creek Coalition, Richmond VA Parks and Rec, and Richmond Tree Stewards.

Replacing a Gray Funnel with a Green Filter

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently awarded the Museum a grant to enhance and expand its green infrastructure efforts. Two of the most ambitious and visible projects include converting nearly three acres of paved surface parking lot into civic green space and installing an advanced bioretention system to clean and retain the rainwater that falls onto a nearly one-acre-large parking deck being built beside the Museum.

A Reading List of Books about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

1. River of Redemption: Almanac of Life on the Anacostia by Krista Schlyer Recommended by our DC team, this book explores the life along the Anacostia River. Krista Schlyer dives into the rich history and biodiversity of this important waterway along our nation’s capital. If you love photography, this book is for you.

  • Buckets of freshly cut live stakes are stored in the back of a car.

Live Staking: A Trusty Technique for Planting Trees and Shrubs on the Cheap

Live staking (or propagation by cutting) almost seems too good to be true. Cut a stem from certain species of trees and shrubs and drive it into the ground, and a new plant will grow there! This method, if executed correctly, has a high success rate, and can be a very affordable if not free

What’s That Conifer? (Part 2 of 2)

Last month, in What's That Conifer? (Part 1 of 2), we detailed the genera of the Cupressaceae family found in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Still pining for conifer identification knowledge? Read on to learn about the Pinaceae family, which contains firs, spruces, hemlocks, and of course, pines. Pinaceae is one of the most important tree

Project Highlight: Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church

The Alliance is committed to working with diverse communities across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to ensure all voices are represented in Chesapeake restoration work. This Black History Month, we are excited to highlight our partnership with Asbury Broadneck United Methodist Church, located in Annapolis, MD. The success of this collaborative project is built on the trans-disciplinary