About this siteAmy draws on years of conservation experience to inform her feature writing and commentary in a compelling combination of professional knowledge and personal passion.
Back by popular demand (ok, mine), here's my seasonal rant against Rudolph, first posted in 2011. No, this isn’t an environmental screed. Rudolph and Santa actually seem to live a pretty low impact life in the North Pole, in that small self-contained community powered mostly by reindeer and elves. And I accept the bad biology inherent in Christmas fantasies: talking flying reindeer with electric noses and, in this case, a large carnivorous primate-like mammal known as the Abominable Snow Read more [...]
Sometimes size doesn’t matter. Two studies released this fall highlight the importance of small headwater streams to water quality and land use decisions – streams that often get overlooked, covered up or just plain ignored in maps and regulations. The first, by scientists at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science, generated high resolution maps of the entire Potomac River watershed (and surrounding watersheds) and revealed for the first time the dense network Read more [...]