Citizen Science

  Permanent ponds are scattered across the highest elevation ridges and ravines in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. All of these ponds are accessible by hiking trails, and many feature AMC overnight facilities nearby. The best known of these high-mountain ponds are Lakes of the Clouds and Hermit Lake on Mount Washington, Star Lake on the…

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Michelle Bradley says she used to be one of those people who would toss her food in the trash and forget about it. After all, once the garbage truck hauls away the trash, she shouldn’t have to worry about what happens next, right? Growing up in New York City, Bradley associated food waste with trash…

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  What leads a person to become skeptical of human-caused climate change? Often times, it’s inaccurate information being passed from person to person, sometimes over social media, and frequently originating with industries that have a financial stake in lobbying against climate actions, such as renewable energy. But despite scientific consensus that Earth’s climate is changing…

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Each fall, legions of winter tick larvae lie in wait on leaves and branches. At that stage, the bloodsucking arachnids are the size of a pencil tip. Once grown, they’re ¼ inch long and a combination of brown and creamy beige; the pattern varies by sex. Those familiar with dog ticks will see the resemblance….

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A weekly webinar series Stay connected as the days get shorter. AMC is hosting online programs about conservation topics every Wednesday this fall and winter from 7 pm – 8 pm ET. From research and science to policy and advocacy opportunities, to learning about the landscapes you love, we’ve lined up programs on topics that…

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Most birds start singing just before sunrise, and in June, that means 4 a.m. Dave Cowan had already cleaned up his campsite and was close to the summit of Maine’s Baker Mountain when he heard a flute-like “shreee.” “It was a Bicknell’s thrush,” Cowan, a longtime volunteer for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Mountain Birdwatch…

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One of every three bites of food we eat comes from a plant that was pollinated by something. Despite their size, pollinators—those tiny bees, birds, bats, and insects that aid in the reproduction of plants by carrying pollen from one flower to another—are vital to the success of a healthy ecosystem. “We’ve come to a…

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I’ve always understood AMC first as a pragmatic place—built for fun and adventure, but also deeply invested in plans, safety protocols, good maps, and the right gear. Look around you during one of our outdoor leadership, wilderness first aid, or avalanche safety training courses, and you’ll see very plainly the kinds of situations in which…

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Dr. Sarah Nelson brings more than two decades of scientific scholarship to her role as AMC’s director of research. Before joining AMC in September 2019, Nelson spent 21 years at the University of Maine, most recently directing the Ecology and Environmental Sciences program and serving as associate research professor in the School of Forest Resources….

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What could you do with an hour each week to support AMC’s conservation mission and protect the outdoors? If the forests, trails, and waters could talk I’m sure they would be thanking you for your continued engagement and activism. AMC is urging our members and supporters to limit their outdoor recreation pursuits to brief, local…

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