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Hilary Harp Falk is the Director of National Wildlife Federation’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center. Previously she was the Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition, a 230 member advocacy organization focused on protecting the rivers and streams in the Chesapeake region, ultimately leading to a clean Bay. Her passion for her work stems from a childhood spent exploring the edges of the Chesapeake Bay. Hilary currently lives with her husband and son in Annapolis, Maryland.
Blue crab, Flickr photo by Jeremy Thorpe.

Healthier Waters for the Chesapeake Blue Crab

7/23/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

Good news for Chesapeake blue crab habitat! A recent court decision supports the historic plan to clean-up the Chesapeake Bay and protect wildlife. Recently, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the historic clean-up plan for the Chesapeake Bay. National Wildlife …

Teaching the next generation to kayak #proveronawrong. Photo shared by David Harp

Where is Everyone? Growing the Next Generation Outdoors

7/20/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

The drumbeat of news about kids in nature is bad – childhood has largely moved inside, screen time use is at an all-time high (and has real consequences), unstructured playtime is shrinking. Most recently, my friend Rona Kobell with the …

Hilary Falk, Cindy Dunn and Collin O'Mara. Photo by Grant LaRouche

Celebrating Women in Conservation: Cindy Dunn

3/17/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

In recognition of Women’s History Month, National Wildlife Federation is celebrating Women in Conservation.   The state of Pennsylvania has a great tradition of women in conservation including the founder of the modern environmental movement, Rachel Carson. The other day I had the …

Bald Eagle

Support Clean Water for Maryland’s Wildlife

2/24/2015 // By Hilary Harp Falk

Whether you are interested in Maryland’s wildlife because you love the sight of a bald eagle against the winter sky or because picking blue crabs is the best way to spend a summer afternoon, you know that clean water is …

Chesapeake Bay Wins Big

9/23/2013 // By Hilary Harp Falk

It’s not often we win big in the Chesapeake region, but we did last week.  Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo ruled in favor of the Environmental Protection Agency, keeping the pollution limits (or TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay intact and moving …

Hilary growing up in Baltimore city

Baltimore: My Hometown and Now a City for the Birds

5/20/2013 // By Hilary Harp Falk

I grew up in Baltimore and still love all the special things about it: neighborhood pride, crab cakes, and the Inner Harbor. There is even more to be proud of in Baltimore these days, such as successful sports teams, economic development …

Celebrating Earth Day in the Middle of the Chesapeake Bay

4/28/2011 // By Hilary Harp Falk

It’s been twenty five years since I started making the ferry trip from Crisfield, Maryland over to Smith Island – a small fishing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.  I know it’s been that long because of a  …

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