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  • Citizen scientist - credit iNaturalist and Tony Iwane

    The Growing Value of Citizen Science

    04/04/2022
    With the limited government budgets for gathering data, the role of volunteers has never been more important. And the benefits go beyond collecting information: being a citizen scientist gets you outdoors, builds your observation skills, and makes you more aware of the natural resources in your area. Full story
  • Painting of Izaak Walton - credit National Portrait Gallery, London

    Izaak Walton Still Informs and Inspires Conservation

    04/01/2022
    Understanding the history of Izaak Walton and the organization that borrowed his name is richly instructive for conservationists today. The original Ike championed a comprehensive strategy of conservation that shapes the policies and activities of all levels of government as well as the behavior of individual sportsmen, including modern-day League members. Full story
  • Water Wagon - credit IWLA

    Ikes Reflect on Past, Imagine the Future

    03/30/2022
    The Izaak Walton League's first century of conservation success was carried forward by committed heroes working together to defend America's natural resources. During our centennial, we're celebrating current members and volunteers as well as icons of the past. In this installment of Ikes Remember, meet a chapter leader, a Salt Watcher, a former League president, and the man who introduced America to Save Our Streams. Full story
  • Will Dilg  - credit IWLA

    Iconic Ikes: Will Dilg

    03/28/2022
    The Izaak Walton League's first century of conservation success was carried forward by committed heroes working together to defend America's natural resources. During our centennial celebrations, we're sharing their stories. Second in our series of iconic Ikes: Will Dilg, a visionary who led creation of the League and a grassroots movement. Full story
  • Young girl with Salt Watch materials

    Winter Salt Watch Turns Young Scientists Into Conservationists

    02/23/2022
    Jeff Witters and his environmental science students noticed that a lot of salt was being spread around their town in Kansas, so they set out to investigate what that salt was doing to local streams. The results of the project went far beyond adding data to a map. Full story
  • More Americans are feeling the impact of climate change closer to home - credit Shutterstock

    Climate Change in Our Back Yards

    02/22/2022
    Climate change is happening all around us – in our back yards, farms, towns, shorelines, lakes and rivers. With the impacts now rippling through so much of our lives, it's worth a close look at the cascading effects. Full story
  • Ginny Thrasher

    Young Champions Aim to Inspire

    02/11/2022
    Izaak Walton League ranges provide a fun and safe place to engage in recreational shooting sports... or to train for elite competitions. Meet three world-class sports shooters who got their start at League chapters. Full story
  • Single purple martin - credit Mike Bishop

    Purple Martins: A Species that Depends on People

    02/07/2022
    Due to loss of habitat and competition for nesting sites from invasive bird species, the Eastern purple martin prefers human-erected housing. That leaves its fate in the hands of a small number of humans, mostly volunteers. Full story
  • Mark Trail takes a selfie in the wild - credit King Features Syndicate

    Mark Trail Goes Millennial

    01/25/2022
    Like conservation broadly, "Mark Trail" is keeping up with the times. While the comic features fictional characters, the topics it tackles are very real. "Outdoor America" was able to wrangle an exclusive and perhaps first-ever interview with Mr. Trail himself. Full story
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    “Disturbingly High” Salt Levels In Philadelphia-Area Stream Lead to Alarm – and Action

    12/23/2021
    “We thought the monitoring of chloride was enough,” says Salt Watcher Geoffrey Selling. “We are now sufficiently troubled that we want and intend to ‘do’ something.” Full story

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