Melanie Choukas-Bradley Leads 11th Year of Nature Walks in Rock Creek Park for the Audubon Naturalist Society
This year, Melanie will branch out into other areas of Rock Creek Park with a new series of field trips throughout the year.
During the winter tree walk, we will examine the twigs, buds, bark, and overall shapes of the park’s floodplain and upland forest trees and shrubs as we look and listen for winter bird flocks and the always anticipated visit of a kingfisher. We will also look for the winter-flowering skunk cabbage.
Inauguration Day Nature Walk in Rock Creek Park with Congressman Jamie Raskin, Maryland’s 8th District, and Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley
Message from Congressman Raskin:
“Join me and my friend, author/naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley, at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20 at Boundary Bridge in Rock Creek Park!”
To read more of Jamie Raskin’s message about the walk with registration details, click here.
In 2017, Resolve to
Appreciate D.C. Better
... get outside more.
Be one with the trees
"Thanks to its temperate clime and international citizenry, D.C. is home to about 350 species of trees from around the world, and naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley is friends with them all."
"And so, on a bright, brisk Saturday morning in early December, a small group of us gathered in Rock Creek Park at Boundary Bridge. After a quick review of history and maps, we set off, first through the floodplain forest by the creek, later to return on the higher elevations of the Western Trail Ridge via Riley Spring Bridge. We were, Melanie announced, going to take a very close look at trees."
Read more of Linda Pentz Gunter's article on this special trip in the Takoma Voice.
November 21, 2016
23 Books Obama Should Buy On His Annual D.C. Bookstore Trip
From Kojo Nnamdi's blog:
Politics & Prose recommends
books for President Obama to
the Kojo Nnamdi Show:
Hear and meet leading authors, environmental leaders, and members of Congress at the Rachel Carson Council’s all-day, one-of-a-kind event on Wednesday, November 30, on Capitol Hill.
Get all the details here.
How to Absolutely Crush
Rock Creek Park From
Top to Bottom
In One Day
The Washingtonian Magazine has
created a Rock Creek Park Hiking
Guide based on Melanie's
experience and suggestions.
You can find it here, ready for you
to download and print!
“Which Kind of Cherry
Blossom Are You?”
Click here to take the online quiz in
the Washington Post Express.
Story also published in the Washington Post Weekend Section as “Know
Yourself, and Your Flowers,” by Sadie Dingfelder, March 25, 2016.
Learn about DC trees -- and the
Witness Tree Protection Program
with author Melanie Choukas-Bradley in the Washington Post Express, July 27, 2015. (Click on the image to see the story.)
A Year in Rock Creek Park The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC
By Melanie Choukas-Bradley with photographs by Susan Austin Roth
Melanie is the author of three other critically acclaimed books: City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, DC, illustrated by Polly Alexander and now in its third edition (2008), An Illustrated Guide to Eastern Woodland Wildflowers and Trees: 350 Plants Observed at Sugarloaf Mountain, Maryland, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2004, 2007), and Sugarloaf: The Mountain’s History, Geology, and Natural Lore, illustrated by Tina Thieme Brown (2003), all published by the University of Virginia Press. She is also a long-time contributor to The Washington Post and other publications, has appeared as an author and guest expert on All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show,The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Metro Connection. In 2014, Melanie was awarded one of four inaugural “Canopy Awards” by Casey Trees, for her efforts to educate people about the trees of Washington, DC. Melanie is a Certified Forest Therapy Guide (Association of Nature & Forest Therapy Guides and Programs, Santa Rosa, CA).