AMC marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually with an array of online opportunities to celebrate our planet. Throughout April, AMC staff and volunteers hosted weekly lunchtime learning webinars on a variety of conservation topics, and members were encouraged to share their stories from the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as their artwork celebrating 50 years of progress in the 2020 Earth Day Art Contest.
At the January 25, 2020, Annual Summit gathering, AMC for the first time in its 144-year history elected four female officers to its board. The new officers are, in order according to the photo: Ann Lesk, secretary; Lois Rothenberger, treasurer; Elizabeth Ehrenfeld, chair; and Yvette Austin Smith, vice chair.
In a yearlong evaluation that concluded in February, AMC and Waltham-based Education Development Center found that 97 percent of participant families surveyed appreciate the nature programming they experience with AMC’s Outdoors Rx. Seventy percent indicated that they spend more time outdoors as a result of their participation in the program.
The data collected through the Dragonfly Mercury Project defines relative mercury risk for fresh waters across the country. The project team, including federal agencies (the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey), academic institutions (University of Maine, Dartmouth College, and University of Wisconsin–La Crosse), and nongovernmental organizations (Appalachian Mountain Club and Schoodic Institute) met in Joshua Tree National Park in California for their annual science and planning meeting in February to sample dragonfly larvae.
AMC partnered with the Department of Marine Resources for its annual Atlantic Salmon egg planting program in Maine. This year, 170,000 eggs were planted in the Middle Branch of the Pleasant River, and will help bolster statewide efforts to return Atlantic Salmon to their traditional spawning grounds and reach the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in more than 150 years.
More than 200 friends and family of Walter Graff, joined by AMC staff, gathered on March 7 at the Museum of Science in Boston to celebrate Walter’s 45-year legacy at AMC. Please consider making a gift to the Walter Graff Legacy Fund.