Staff Blog

Our Top 5 Dog Friendly Hikes in Richmond

Warmer weather is upon us and nobody is more excited than our canine friends. The Richmond staff kindly put together a list of some of their favorite hikes to take their dogs on. We hope that if you’re in the Richmond area that you and your dog can find some time to enjoy the outdoors, explore nature, and maybe take a dip in the James River. 

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Kayaking Our Way to Clean Streams

In 2019, my husband and I started a nonprofit that focused on the environment, The High 5 Initiative. What we found is that communities want to help, they just needed a way to, so we created a cleanup and a recycling initiative that focused on providing paths to communities to become better environmental stewards.

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Stewardship is a Hoot with the Nest Box Crew

Given what seems like a daily bombardment of bad or worrisome environmental news, it’s easy to understand why people who don’t work in the environmental field think there’s nothing they can do to help. Admittedly, citizen stewardship isn’t the answer to all of the planet’s problems, but I can’t help but feel that giving people agency to effect change in their own backyards can lead to a citizenry more engaged on environmental issues.

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Project Clean Stream Kick Off Events!

This past Friday, April 1st marked the official kick-off of our 18th annual Project Clean Stream (PCS) season! Every year PCS brings together thousands of volunteers to pick up trash from local streams, creeks, rivers, parks, and neighborhoods throughout the Chesapeake watershed.

So far in April, we have over 50 events registered and 18 of those happened this past weekend with four of them hosted by Alliance staff at each one of our regional offices!

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Keep it Wild(er): A 5-Year Old With a Mission to Keep the Wild, Wild

My name is Wilder, I am a five year old from Monkton, Maryland. I have a unique name and find ways of living up to my name daily. With this, I am one who loves adventuring outside. I have been hiking with my parents since I was born, biking since I could sit on a Strider Bike, and started camping when I was four. I have always loved the outdoors and love being immersed in it. I have loved the outdoors so much that I wanted to create my own business, in 2021 Keep it Wild(er) was created.

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Building Bonds Through Project Clean Stream

This spring will be my last time coordinating Project Clean Stream as I take on new responsibilities in our communications department. I wish it were possible to shake the hand of each of the volunteers and site captains and tell them how they helped form my own sense of community.  My time has with them has shown me the importance of getting your loved ones,  your community, and even strangers to form lasting relationships by, of all things,  picking up trash.

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Girls Who Hike Virginia

Girls Who Hike Virginia is more than just a Facebook group; it’s a community of like-minded women who can connect, network, and discover Virginia parks and trails together. This group is a safe place for women – making the group female only. What started as an interest turned into a 13,000 person Facebook group, now …

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The White Weasels of Winter

Weasels are some of the few mammals that turn white during the winter. These small, but highly-skilled predators can be found throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and once had a significant role in the fur trade during European colonization of North America.

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Jack ‘Wildlife’ Turner’s Top 10 Species of the Chesapeake Bay

This list of 10 of my favorite Chesapeake Bay species aims to bring you a little closer to these magnificent critters with which we share the environment. All of the photos have been taken by me in the Chesapeake Bay watershed where I spend most of my time. 

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Reducing Poultry Emissions by Implementing Vegetative Buffers

Did you know that while Pennsylvania is ranked 7th in terms of milk production, it is actually the 4th leading state for egg production? In collaboration with Perdue Farms, the Alliance is exploring ways to assist their farms with practices such as vegetative environmental buffers (VEBs), roofed manure storage, concrete heavy use areas, and more.

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