BIRD POPULATIONS & WATERSHEDS

Text and Photos by Alison M. Jones:  NWNL Director and Lead Photographer Research by Elise I. Boeger:  Member of The Explorers Club, avid birder in NYC’s Central Park, part of Audubon Christmas Bird Count for 25+ years Everywhere we look, especially if we crane our necks upwards, birds of all colors and sizes surround us! Even…

Wild and Scenic Rivers: The St. Croix River

All photos © Alison M. Jones The St. Croix River runs through Wisconsin and Minnesota as a valuable upstream tributary to the Mississippi River, one of NWNL’s 6 case-study watersheds. In 1968, the St. Croix River was among the first 8 rivers added to the new Wild and Scenic River System, making this a 50-year anniversary…

A Watershed Thankful List

All photos © Alison M. Jones For 12 years, NWNL has documented six case-studies in North America and Eastern Africa – as well as a Spotlight on the ongoing 7-year California Drought. Thus, this week we want to share our appreciation of nature’s miracles and human stewardship in these special watersheds! NWNL says THANK YOU for…

Wild and Scenic Rivers: Three Columbia Tributaries

All photos © Alison M. Jones This week's blog in our series on Wild and Scenic Rivers focuses on the Crooked, Metolius and McKenzie Rivers - three Oregon tributaries to the Lower Columbia River. All three were added simultaneously to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System on Oct. 28, 1988. NWNL documented these tributaries in…

The Clean Water Act: Its Beginnings in the Mississippi River

By Isabelle Bienen, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) Isabelle Bienen is a junior at Northwestern University studying Social Policy with minors in Environmental Policy & Culture and Legal Studies. The focus of her NWNL research and blog series this summer is on the U.S. Clean Water Act: its history, purpose…