Naturalist/Nature Watching

  Spending time outdoors is great for both your mental and physical health, and it’s a lot of fun. But even with all that nature offers us, it’s important to recognize our own impact on the environment and spaces we enjoy when heading outdoors—and do our best to minimize it. For nearly 150 years, AMC…

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When humans leave cities and towns and venture into the backcountry, we are, in a very real way, visitors in someone else’s home. Countless animals, birds, fish, and insects inhabit the natural spaces we love, and our very presence can throw off delicately balanced ecosystems built over millennia.   Protect your food Over time, birds…

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Leave No Trace is more than just not throwing your granola bar wrapper on the ground. It also means leaving the landscape in its most natural state by not moving, removing, or damaging in any way rocks, plants, trees, and other items native to an area. In other words, no matter the season, leave areas…

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  Health and safety go hand in hand with humans’ environmental impact. By planning a trip ahead of time, you consider all the factors that go into its success and identify ways to lessen your impact on the areas you plan to visit. “The impacts of poor planning can be significant,” says Alex Delucia, Leave…

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  When spending time outdoors, it’s important to minimize your impacts on the fragile ecosystem you are visiting. Take the Alpine Garden just below Mount Washington’s summit: among the boulders grow Alpine azaleas and Lapland rosebay, small but essential plants that may withstand the mountain’s famously strong winds, but not the tread of hiking boots….

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  According to Leave No Trace principles, anything that does not belong in nature in the first place should be carried out. This “pack in, pack out” philosophy applies to trash and food waste, human and domesticated animal waste, soaps, lotions, and other products. “Human waste is a hazard to public health and also attracts…

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  Eileen Yin spent most of her spring online with AMC. A long-time volunteer with the organization’s New York–North Jersey Chapter, Yin has dedicated much of her free time to planning and leading trips for her chapter, providing a space for members to socialize, try new activities, or just be outdoors. “AMC made a big…

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Each year, half a million people visit Henry David Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau, one of the most prolific authors of his time and a leading transcendentalist, escaped to Walden Pond to live a simpler life. In “Walden” he writes: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,…

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  If there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s that for those who live in and around cities, walkable access to a decent-sized park is a physical, social, and emotional necessity. And yet, according to data compiled by the Trust for Public Land (TPL), nearly a third of all Americans—100 million people—do not have a…

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The following is an excerpt from the 3rd Edition of Quiet Water Maine: AMC’s Canoe and Kayak Guide. Trip 74: Second, Third, and Fourth Roach Ponds The scenic Roach ponds, now part of AMC’s Maine Woods land, no longer suffer from extensive clear-cutting. These remote ponds offer an outstanding opportunity to see wildlife. We’ve spotted…

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