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Looking Back: Chandler Robbins

Every so often it's good to look into the past to revisit the people who got us where we are today. 'Looking Back' is a series on the people who helped shape the National Wildlife Refuge System. The series is based on "A Look Back," a regular column written by Karen Leggett from the Refuge System Branch of Communications, which appears in each issue of the Refuge Update newsletter.

Chandler Robbins is 93 and can still be reached at his office at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland.

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Hired in 1945 as a junior biologist in the bird banding office at Patuxent Research Refuge, Robbins in 1965 initiated the North American Breeding Bird Survey, one of the world’s most influential science-based surveys of bird populations.


Apps for the Outdoors: 5 Ways to use Mobile and Social Media in Nature

Go online or head outside; these used to be mutually exclusive activities. 

Not any more. 

Smartphones like iPhones, Androids, or Blackberries are everywhere. In fact, the Nielson research firm now estimates that 40 percent of mobile users in the U.S. are using smartphones.  One of the coolest features of smartphones are apps, or applications, that you can use with your phone.

With the rise of social media and the mobile web, there are a ton of ways to use your smartphone to engage with nature and the outdoors. Here's our top 5 in no particular order:

    A visitor on iNature Trail at J.N. "Ding" Darling NWR in Florida. (Chelle Koster Walton)