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June 2015

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It's Creek Week! Creek Critters App Launch
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June 6 through June 14, 2015 is ANS Creek Week! We're officially launching our new Creek Critters app with a network of local partners hosting streamside events around the region.  The new Creek Critters app is an easy way of engaging people in water quality monitoring and protecting local streams using smartphones. Our thanks to Dick Raines, President of Carfax, for his leadership and generosity in helping us develop the Creek Critters app.  The Raines Family Fund sponsors our work on Creek Critters. Special thanks to our partners too for helping us roll out the app during Creek Week.  Download the Creek Critters app for FREE from the Apple App Store or Google Play.  And sign up to attend a Creek Week event

Victory for Clean Water
Ten Mile Creek

May 27, 2015 the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers finalized a rule restoring Clean Water Act protections to more than half of the nation’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands.  The rule was signed at the Earth Conservation Corps office in DC by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary for the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy. Nearly 100 of you responded to ANS's call to action on the EPA Waters of the United States Proposed Rule this past fall. We join other clean water advocates in celebrating this victory. Learn more

Photo of Ten Mile Creek courtesy of Tenley Wurglitz, President, Friends of Ten Mile Creek

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Cool Summer Courses Start Soon
Butterfly Weed

With seven classes to choose from, it’s a veritable summer smorgasbord of Natural History Field Studies (NHFS) offerings for the adult learner.  Dive into “Wetland Ecosystems,” bone up on “Summer Wildflower ID,” or work at “Understanding Evolution.” Most summer courses are half-term, so look for one to fit your vacation schedule. Or sign up for two classes—whether it’s for job training, personal enrichment, or to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History. The NHFS curriculum is sponsored by ANS and the Graduate School USA. For a complete listing of summer quarter classes.

Honduras: Spectacular Pico Bonito Lodge

November 7-14, 2015
Leaders: Paul Pisano & Local Guides

The north coast of Honduras is a mix of sleepy Caribbean towns, coastal marshes, mangrove swamps, tropical forests, quiet beaches, and small farm fields. Near the middle of the coastline is the new “hot destination” for birding and nature tours in Central America. The Pico Bonito Lodge features very nice cabins, exceptional meals and great service. But more importantly, it features excellent trails through pristine forests adjacent to a large National Park. Spend a week at this lodge exploring these trails and venturing to remarkably diverse natural areas, including a mangrove swamp and traveling by boat to visit small islands in the Caribbean Sea. Learn more and register.

Congratulations to 2015 Maryland Green Schools 
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Congratulations to Newport Mill Middle School on becoming the eighth MCPS Middle School to be certified as a Maryland Green School as a result of its partnership with GreenKids. This year we also celebrate with ten other GreenKids schools on their successful recertifications as Maryland Green Schools: Arcola Elementary School, Oakland Terrace Elementary School, Jackson Road Elementary School, Lakewood Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, Rock Creek Forest Elementary School, Rolling Terrace Elementary School, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Blair High School and Northwood High School.  

Audubon Naturalist Society has also been recertified as a 2015 Maryland Green Center--our second recertification. Awards are administered by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE). Learn more.

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Help Us Grow the Creek Critters Chorus 
Participants at July's Creek Critters App Field Test

Creek Critters was designed as an outreach tool to make it easier for people to engage in protecting and restoring their local streams. With the launch of this new app, ANS aims to inspire more local residents to care for their neighborhood streams and want to protect them. ANS has led many advocacy campaigns over the years, and we know the louder our voices the greater our impact. With your help, we can grow the community of stream stewards and clean water advocates. Your gift today will enable us to engage hundreds more people in our work to improve water quality across our region. Please help us magnify our voices, our actions and our impact on the health of local streams and watersheds. Make a special gift to ANS today  

Find Critter Guides, Bug Boxes at the Shop 
 A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America cover
Creek Critters fans might enjoy J. Reese Voshell Jr.'s A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America, available in the Audubon Naturalist Shop and online store. And for the little ones, don't forget to pick up the magnifying bug boxes at the Shop.  Shop now

Naturalist Quarterly Apply Today 
Summer 2015 Naturalist Quarterly cover
Check out the Summer 2015 issue of the Naturalist Quarterly. Inside find Creek Week events and learn more about ANS's new Creek Critters app. Read now.
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Interested in spending more time outside, learning about the natural world and helping ANS? Become a volunteer master naturalist. Learn more and apply
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