Monday, August 22, 2011

The Results Are In...

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 3rd Annual Wilderness Volunteers Photo Contest! Here are your winning photos:

1st Place: Peter Hoffman

"Ten Gals and a Geezer"
Escalante Grand Staircase, UT (2009)

2nd Place: WV's very own, Program Manager Dave Pacheco

Glen Canyon Nat'l Recreation Area, UT (2011)

3rd place: Eric Mak (last year's winner)

Maroon Bells, CO (2010)

Congratulations! 1st place wins a WV hooded sweatshirt, 2nd place a WV Klean Kanteen, and 3rd place a WV baseball cap. Please email your mailing address to Mike and we'll get your prize in the mail.

Thanks again to all our participants!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quote of the Day

Courtesy of John Muir and the US Forest Service, Monongahela National Forest. (Thanks!)

Stay tuned for a full report on our adventure in "Wild and Wonderful" West Virginia.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Update on 2010 Hawksbill Nesting Season
guest post by Ashely Northcutt

In March of 2010, I was lucky enough to co-lead a Wilderness Volunteers trip to Halape beach in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We backpacked about 8 miles in over some fantastic lava down to the coast line and spent a week removing invasive vines and trees. These trees/vines have been creeping in further every year and are significantly reducing the available real estate on the beach for the mother turtles to nest (not to mention keeping the tiny babies from reaching the ocean after they hatch).
The Hawaii Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project reports that the last nest of the 2010 season hatched in mid-January 2011. Between April and January, 40 nests from 13 turtles at six different beaches (including Halape!) were documented on the southern coast of Hawaii.

They are estimating that 4000 baby turtles made it to the ocean.

Hooray!!!! :)

I'm proud to have been a part of this fantastic work project and greatful that Wilderness Volunteers made it possible.

Ashely Northcutt