Anacostia Watershed Blog

AWS' Internship Opportunities

 

Our Summer Interns from last year (from left to right, Alexandra, Jason, Mike, Mallory and Juvencio) after a morning of hard work in the tidal wetlands of the River.

There hasn't been a better time than now to become an AWS intern! Our organization is growing, we have new exciting programs and projects; and a dedicated and amicable staff that works hard at cleaning and restoring the Anacostia River and its watershed. This year we have 12 internship (unpaid) positions available for the spring and summer:

Spring

  • Arborist Intern (1 position)
  • Meadow Restoration Intern (1 position)
  • Stewardship Interns (3 positions)

Summer

Students from Mt. Rainier Elementary School Collect Seeds of Native Plants

By: Carey Goldman, Stewardship Fall Intern

From Seeds to Unique Habitat – AWS Interns help collect native plant species to restore wetlands and meadows

By  Emily Stransky, Fall Stewardship Intern

Birds of the Anacostia Watershed

Even with all the environmental problems our river faces we wouldn't be exaggerating when we say that wildlife is actually abundant in the watershed.  And, like we have discussed in a previous article we even have some well known cases of overabundant wildlife!  Birds are without a doubt one of the most charismatic animals and some of the most abundant in the River.  In the Anacostia watershed we have a decent amount of bird species, many of them are nice-looking and the majority are native.  From the American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), a notable species during this time of the year for its Halloween symbolism, to all the raptors, herons, chickadees, warbles, vireos, ducks and turkeys, the lands and waters of the Anacostia watershed have lot to offer for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. 

A New Tool in the Toolbox for our Invasive Plant Control Program

On Monday, August 8, we released 1,745 beetles across the street from The George Washington House to control Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). The beetles were kindly provided by Robert Trumbule an Entomologist from the Maryland Department of Agriculture. A couple of years ago Robert also gave us a batch of 500 weevils (Rhinoncomimus latipes) to control Mile-a-minute (Persicaria perfoliata) another highly invasive plant in the entire Mid-Atlantic region.


Robert Trumbule (MDA), AWS staff, and Mallory Shramek (AWS' Summer Stewardship Intern) releasing the beetles.

Support the Highways Bee Act

What is the Highways BEE Act?

The Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, H.R. 2381, or Highways BEE Act is a national legislation that was introduced in the House of Representaatives during the National Pollinator Week, on June 23, 2011.  The Highways BEE Act proposes important economic and conservation benefits through integrated vegetation management (IVM) practices on Federal and state highway right-of-ways (ROWs) managed by State Departments of Transportation (DOTs).  There are about 17 million acres of ROW's where the proposed reductions in mowing and maintenance could reduce costs for State Departments of Transportation.  No new monies are requested and the proposed bill is actually designed to save $$$ for states.

Draft Anacostia Park Management Plan Available

If there was a juncture where you could do something to restore and protect the tidal wetlands of the Anacostia River it is NOW!!  The National Park Service (NPS) just announced the availability of the Draft Anacostia Park Wetland and Resident Goose Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for public review and comment.


Geese eggs in the tidal Anacostia River.

Four Great Native Summer Wildflowers for your Garden

Written by: Laura Menyuk, AWS Summer Stewardship Intern

With heat indexes hovering in the triple digits in the Washington region -- which Washington Post readers  have affectionaly called the “sweat ceiling” -- it seemed a better day to contemplate a garden, then to actually be out in one... the kind of garden that can beat the heat and looks nice as you contemplate safely from your air conditioned home.

Here at AWS we've had many indoor activities to keep us busy as we prep our historic office home, the George Washington House, for the bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812.  This home is beautiful and serves the important purpose of helping us restore the Anacostia Watershed and its natural historic heritage.  Unsurprisingly, the flowers in our front yard rain gardens, with less hype and t-shirts, do the same.  Here is some information about four amazing wildflowers we have in our two raingardens that are currently in bloom.

AWS Participates in an International Garlic Mustard Field Survey

Written by Mallory Shramek, AWS Summer Stewardship Intern

Snakehead Invasion in the Anacostia Watershed

Written by:  Michael Fusi,  AWS Stewardship Intern