Welcome to my Chesapeake Bay Foundation Walk the Watershed page!
I am proud to have worked for CBF for the past 10.5 years and believe in our mission to save the Bay and its rivers and streams. Water plays a huge role in human health, recreation, the economy, the Bay ecosystem, and our overall quality of life in Bay country. I believe clean water is a human right.
The COVID-19 outbreak has had global impacts, but CBF's work has not stopped due to the coronavirus. We continue to work tirelessly to restore and protect our waterways using all the tools and new technologies at our disposal.
Walk the Watershed is a great example of CBF's creativity, nimbleness, and innovative spirit. It is our first-ever all-virtual fundraising event, and I'm thrilled to take part! Over the next few weeks, I hope to raise awareness and vital funding for CBF's mission by getting outside, walking the watershed, and spreading the Save the Bay message every step of the way.
This project has personal significance for me. Some of you know that I have rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune condition that causes joint pain/inflammation and chronic fatigue, among other symptoms. It makes many forms of exercise difficult. Walking outside in the fresh air and sunshine is one physical activity that I can do, and LOVE to do, because it loosens my joints, clears my head, and brings me joy. Plus, outdoor time is restorative, so I'm honored to walk in support of environmental restoration.
CBF is funded mostly by individual donors like you and me. Donations large and small help support CBF's on-the-water field experiences for students and teachers, tree plantings, oyster restoration, advocacy for stronger laws protecting the Bay, and litigation against polluters when necessary.
We're nearing the finish line now, so I hope you will support these efforts by donating to my page by June 30! Every gift makes a difference. Please donate today to help me meet my fundraising goal and help CBF Save the Bay!
My Personal Blog
Spring flora and fauna!
On my watershed walks, I do my best to be fully present in the moment and enjoy the fresh air and scenery around me. Over the past week, I've spotted numerous plant and animal species that make me smile! On the animal side, notable sightings include bluebirds, purple finches, hummingbirds, red-tailed hawks, blue herons, owls, gray tree frogs, mallard ducks, skinks, and red foxes. Plant species spotted are too numerous to mention, but I highly recommend an app called "Seek" for those (like me) who need help you identifying trees, plants, and animals. Just take a photo with your smart phone and it does the rest. So much fun! Do you enjoy getting outside in springtime? What notable flora and fauna have you spotted lately?
Isn't nature great? :-) What do you say we protect it forever? <3
by Lauren Winther-Hansen on Wed, May 13, 2020 @ 2:06 PM