Autumn Update 2020

As we head into Autumn, the theme seems to be:  Hurry up and wait!  We do have progress to report...and, we are still figuring out our new normal due to COVID-19.  Thanks for bearing with us as we do our best to give you current, and accurate information.

In this e-blast:

Fall Work Party - Delayed for Now

National Park Service PosterWe had hoped to have a fall work party to paint benches; however, that activity is delayed at least through September.  The Park Service has extended their restriction on volunteer activities through September, and there is no guarantee at this point that October activities will be allowed.  We will let you know if and when COVID-19 restrictions ease enough to allow a volunteer activity, and organize an event when NPS agrees that we can safely conduct one.

 

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Can You Answer This Park Survey?

Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania would like to hear from you!  In their own words:

Pedestrians in the Park

Our research team from the University of Pennsylvania is working with the National Park Service to get a better understanding of how several NPS-managed small parks in Washington, DC function as public space. We are interested in how the Titanic Memorial park is valued, perceived, and used by the community. You can share your thoughts by taking this survey. We will be collecting responses through Sunday, August 16.

Please share your thoughts by completing this survey -- Thanks!

 


Summer News - 3 Updates

After a long lull in Park activity, things are ramping back up! 

Fall Work Party

Bench painting

The Park Service is beginning to allow volunteer-led events, under restrictions due to COVID-19.  We should to be able to have a fall work party (or two) to paint park benches.  Participation will be limited.  Expect that no more than 10 volunteers will be able to paint benches with social distancing, masks, and other precautions in place.  Stay tuned for details!

 

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Muddling into May

Thanks for indulging us with weekly e-blasts through the month of April!  We now return to our regular pace of about one e-blast per month. 

In this e-blast:

City Nature Challenge Wrapup

CNC DC Observers 2020

The results of the international City Nature Challenge will be compiled through May 3.  This year has been very different from past years, with a variety of stay-at-home orders nationally and internationally.  Therefore, counts of observations and species vary widely from previous years due to those restrictions.  We are very pleased that in the DC metro area, our count of observers is 1,511 - 15% over our observer count from 2019!  Even with restrictions in our area, folks were able to get out and make at least one observation.  You can visit DC's City Nature Challenge page to see what species were found in our area.

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Every Day is Earth Day

This week we encourage you to celebrate Earth Day in new and creative ways.

Earth Day

EarthDay2020

We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd, in ways that could not have been imagined just a few months ago.  You have probably seen stories of the Earth renewing itself, and other stories about humans discovering nature in their midst.  We invite you to pause on Earth Day to consider how your personal impact on the Earth has changed since March.  What changes might you keep when the world returns to a semblance of "normal?"

Earth Day from the American Southwest to Southwest DC

Here's a great idea from Arizona:  Celebrate Earth Day by creating art from nature you find in your backyard!  Be sure to tag your creations on social media with #CelebrateEarth2020.

Water Quality monitoring

Water Quality monitoring is back on!  The Anacostia Riverkeeper is re-tooling its training to offer virtual classes.  If you were considering volunteering for this activity, there is still time to join in.  Contact Corinne for details.

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Remembering the Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking

We hope you continue to be healthy in body and spirit as we continue our social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Remembering the Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking

Titanic at Night

The RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sank overnight on April 14-15, 1912. Our park is a daily tribute to this tragedy, and we encourage our Friends to join us in pausing to commemorate the anniversary. This year in particular, we want to recognize the loss of the heroes and the vulnerable onboard as well as those who played a role in the rescue. We rejoice remembering those who survived and mourn all souls lost.

The National Park Service has cancelled all gathering permits through at least May 15. Please keep in mind that DC remains under a stay at home order. We have postponed our Titanic Day of Service and will reschedule once these restrictions are lifted. In this spirit, we ask everyone to avoid any congregations at the Memorial this year as such gatherings do not constitute essential activities. Keeping ourselves and others safe is the best way to commemorate the anniversary this year.

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April is City Nature Month

As promised, here are updated details about the City Nature Challenge.  We hope you can join this Thursday's webinar, iNaturalist 101. (Note, April 9 is Thursday, not Friday!)

City Nature Challenge/City Nature Month

CNC-bannerThe City Nature Challenge is now City Nature Month!  The focus is on observing nature in your own backyard, and this can be done through entire month of April, not just the last weekend.  In the last 7 days, there have been over 8,000 observations! 

There is still plenty of time to join in the fun. DC's 2020 City Nature Challenge site has been updated to explain what individuals can do during City Nature Month. 

DC's CNC leaders will also provide on-line webinars to teach participants how to become involved.  Here are the details for Thursday's webinar, iNaturalist 101:

You must register in order to attend this webinar through Zoom, and space is limited.  

iNaturalist 101 will cover the basics of using the iNaturalist app and provide more details about the re-vamped City Nature Challenge.

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April is Earth Month

As we all work to define our "new normal" of social distancing and protection from the threat of the novel coronavirus, the Friends Board is grateful that Titanic Memorial Park remains a place where we can all exercise and enjoy the beauty of nature.  It has been wonderful to see the increased use of the Park (with proper social distancing) as Spring unfolds. 

City Nature Challenge

CNC-bannerThe City Nature Challenge has undergone major modifications in light of the global pandemic.  The focus now is on observing nature in your own backyard, and this can be done through entire month of April, not just the last weekend.  DC's 2020 City Nature Challenge leaders will provide on-line webinars to teach participants how to become involved.  The first webinar, iNaturalist 101,  will be held:

  • Friday, April 9, 2020
  • 12:00 noon

We'll send an update next week with information about how you can connect to this webinar through Zoom.

iNaturalist 101 will cover the basics of using the iNaturalist app and provide more details about the re-vamped City Nature Challenge.

 

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Friends in the Days of Coronavirus

We hope this e-blast finds you all safe and well.  We wanted to share some updates from the Park Service and from the Friends Board:

Spring Activities

It accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the District of Columbia, and the National Park Service, we are making major changes to our Spring activities.  

Titanic Day of ServiceTitanic Day of Service - Cancelled

Our second annual Titanic Day of Service is cancelled.  We will schedule work parties again once social distancing guidelines allow for them.

City Nature Challenge

The City Nature Challenge is undergoing major modifications in light of the global pandemic.  DC's 2020 City Nature Challenge leaders have provided guidance about ways we can re-tool the challenge to help participants:

City Nature Challenge

  • Learn about our local plants and animals
  • Enjoy nature’s restorative power in troubled times
  • Promote everyone’s health & safety

We'll send an update in the next week or so with our updated plans.

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Survey Results, Special Events, and Science

Thanks to everyone who answered our Engagement Survey this month!  The survey results show that you want more events in the Park, and we're going to work toward that in 2020.  On that theme:


Help us win some Pocket Change

SWBID's Pocket Change

We are a finalist for the SWBID's Pocket Change!  The Friends' idea is to host a free community picnic featuring food, drinks, and family-friendly activities.  We plan to hold the event in Titanic Memorial Park in May or June, and winning the Pocket Change grant will really help. Come vote for us at the Pocket Change Pitch Event:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Riverside Baptist Church
699 Maine Avenue Southwest Washington, DC, 20024 (map)

Watch this space for more details about event.  Will you help us to plan it?  Email Claire Adrian-Tucci to volunteer!

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