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Big Bird in the River

  By Outdoor Afro Leader Clay Anderson Last weekend, ten Outdoor Afros felt the tug to expand their horizons, enhance their awareness, and find inspiration. Thousands of Sandhill cranes, ducks, geese, and wading birds felt the urge to avoid the cold, find something to eat, and educate their progeny. The Cosumnes River Preserve consists of…

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Into the Wilderness We Go!

Take an escape to the wilderness of Northwestern Montana with Outdoor Afro guest blogger Lamar Gore, an assistant refuge supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – originally posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service blog. As a kid, I spent my formative years exploring “my wilderness” at Shady Brook Park and White…

We’re Buggin’…June Bug of the Month

By Eddie Dunbar, Entomologist, Oakland, CA A Sand Wasp – She’s Got Your Back!    Sand Wasp ( Bembix americanus ) on daisy When we think of the insects that are “good,” typically only butterflies and honey bees come to mind. However, there are countless unsung insect good deeds that go unnoticed. Consider the role of…

National Get Outdoors Day is Today!

New Media Effort Amplifies National Get Outdoors Day on June 8th, 2013 While more than 245 million Americans live within 100 miles of a national forest or grassland, research shows that a majority of children in some segments of the population are not spending active time outdoors. Research shows that only 37% of African American…

An Afro Future In Nature

The Black Constellation — is a creative entity comprised musically of Shabazz Palaces and THEESatisfaction, and visually by artist and director Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes. This is the premiere of their latest short film (Sparkles)…Recollections of the Wraith as part of their larger work, Ode to Octavia. We really appreciate the lushness and visual images of folks,…

Musings of an Urban Park Manager: A Black Male Reflection

Greetings Outdoor Afros: I’m Morgan Powell and this is my fifth blog here at Outdoor Afro.  I’m the founder of Bronx River Sankofa – a documentary series on Cable TV and Facebook featuring African-American environmentalists from New York City’s greenest borough.  Many male Harlem Renaissance writers and other 20th century brothers-on-a-soap-box wrote about the invisible…