Duke Nicholas School – Restoration and Education

The kids jumped out of the bright yellow bus one by one, landing on the ground with a sharp thwack and scurrying over to the grass of Mattie Kelly Park in Destin, Florida, waiting for the rest of their friends. The bus would take two groups of students that day from their summer programs at the Boys…

Nat Geo – Planting a New Shoreline

It was already hot by the time mid-morning rolled around the Florida Panhandle. Light sparkled off the surface of Joe’s Bayou, reflecting a bright blue sky clear of clouds. My co-workers and I waited at the edge of the water, 12 plastic tubs of soil sitting next to us. It was time to plant a…

Duke Nicholas School – Why You Should Buy a Duck Stamp

Every year since 1934, hunters hoping to go after waterfowl or other migratory birds have been obligated to buy a Duck Stamp. Once purchased, 98 cents of every dollar spent on the stamp goes to buying wetland and wildlife habitat, which in turn goes back into the National Wildlife Refuge System. The idea is simple: hunters…

Voices for Biodiversity – Studying Sea Otters

I stood atop Yampah Hill with Kerstin Wasson, Research Coordinator for the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR). A large tidal creek wove through the marsh grass, its arms snaking this way and that, filling additional pockets with water that reflected the blue sky above. From where we stood, Wasson pointed out the long, dark forms…