Astonishing Facts About Wetlands


As unappealing as the term “wetlands” sounds, wetlands should be celebrated for their multiple services they deliver which help keep our planet and society going as well as for their extraordinarily beautiful landscapes. What is a wetland and where are wetlands located? Wetlands can be anywhere. A more common view of wetlands is the transition zone linking land and water, where water covers the soil, if only seasonally. WETLAND SERVICES.

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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Often called “potholes,” these fill seasonally with water from melting snow and rainfall, forming shallow ponds and wetlands. The potholes and associated grasslands create North America’s most productive habitat for breeding waterfowl, making it an area of global significance for Mallards , Northern Pintails , Blue-winged Teals , Gadwalls , Northern Shovelers , and others. The region has justifiably been referred to as the “Duck Factory of North America.” Jason A.


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Re-Branding Nature: From Dismal Swamp to Constructed Wetland

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Thomas Jefferson gave encyclopedic advice to gentlemen farmers in Notes on the State of Virginia , but he never breathed a word about The Great Dismal Swamp or other vast wetlands. Draining and filling of wetland up and down the east coast made Jefferson’s image of America nearly a reality by the mid-1900s. Fast-forward to the 1990s and wetlands have been re-branded. The updated statistics must show constructed wetlands in the 10s of thousands by now, right?

The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

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American Woodcock are distributed across eastern North America, ranging from the about 50 ° North, south to the Gulf of Mexico states. Other studies have estimated that perhaps 50% of the wintering population moves into the forested wetlands of Louisiana, with the largest concentration occurring in the Atchafalaya River Basin. Birds forest conservation migration naturalist wetlands Woodcock in hand: Flickr user Matt MacGillivray under a Creative Commons license.

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition is an updated and expanded edition of a field guide first published in 2008.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, illustrated by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, does just that. When I went to Honduras in 2014, I was advised to use The Birds of Costa Rica by Richard Garrigues and Robert Dean (2014) and The Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America by Steve N.G. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America covers 827 species, including resident, migratory, and common vagrant birds.

Science at Emiquon: Restoring a “Wetland of Dreams”

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The airboat whirs over the shallow wetland, as huge flocks of coots, ducks, herons and other birds flush before me. Just six years ago, this expansive wetland was cornfields and a cattle feedlot. While it may look like the wetland is nature primeval, it is this research that is restoring what once was known as the “inland fishing capital of North America.”. People settled here for the incredibly productive wetlands—brimming with fish, waterfowl and mussels.

State of North America’s Birds Report Released to Commemorate Centennial of the First Migratory Bird Treaty

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protecting birds and other wildlife, connecting all of North America in its efforts to protect our shared species. In this Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial year, the three countries united once again to produce a “ State of North America’s Birds ” report — a groundbreaking collaboration to evaluate bird populations in habitat types across the continent. Birds & Birding Birds Climate Development Forests Grasslands Migrations Oceans Research Try This Wetlands

Adventures with Bowfin, North America’s Underdog(fish)

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What we see today in the backwaters and wetlands of eastern North America is a modern representative of a very ancient line of “primitive” fishes or “living fossils,” organisms that appear to have changed little over time. Male Bowfin hiding among vegetation in a restoration wetland. Habitat loss is one of the primary threats to biodiversity worldwide, whether in rainforests, coral reefs, or the backwaters of eastern North America.

A Great Day Out West – Bobcats, Birds and Boardwalks

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And the magic factories are two neighbors, Green Cay Wetlands and Wakodahatchee Wetlands. These two water management wetlands are amongst the very best birding and photography locations in south Florida. Green Cay Wetlands at sunrise for the specials – Limpkin, Purple Gallinule, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and of course the ever-reliable (at this time of year) male Painted Buntings.

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5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

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This month The Discovery Channel premieres a new 7-part series, North America , that gives viewers and inside look at the animals and plants of North America. Our organization works across borders to protect lands and waters in North America and beyond, for people and for nature. The best part of North America ? But as wetlands continue to decline worldwide, the beaver’s ability to maintain the health of these unique ecosystems cannot be understated.

A Growing List of Hummingbirds

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Fortunately, the Ruby Topaz shines brightly within forests, wetlands and even suburban gardens on both islands. Birds hummingbirds South America Trinidad and Tobago

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Only for Dogs and Birders – Kalamas Delta, Greece

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“The estuary and the delta of the River Kalamas form the most important wetland of northwest Greece”, so the “ Birding in Greece ” guidebook claims for the area where I am heading, a bit late since I overslept this morning. The first good bird was one Grey Plover (in North America a.k.a. Trips Car birding Europe Greece wetlands

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Freeze-birding down the Danube

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The only mammals of the day were feral Nutrias (Coypus), aquatic rodents originally from southern South America released from the bankrupt fur-farms and well established here. Birding Europe geese Serbia wetlandsAt the snowy Danube riverbank, we are waiting for geese to come to their roost inside the mostly submerged island. It is a January afternoon and several degrees below freezing.

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Platte River Sandhill Cranes: Enjoying North America’s Greatest Bird Spectacle

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You’re also likely to see many other waterfowl species along the river and in wetlands. According to the North American Breeding Bird Survey, t heir populations have been increasing at an annual rate of five percent per year since the mid-1960s, due to wetland restoration and abundant food on agricultural lands. More than 500,000 sandhill cranes gather along Nebraska’s Platte River each spring. Photo: © Chris Helzer/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

The Green Buzz: Monday, November 25

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is losing coastal wetlands at a rate of seven football fields per hour. ( Tyrannosaurus Rex’s worst nightmare is in today’s green news. T-Rex was relegated to the shadows when this newly-discovered giant came thudding by. Salt Lake Tribune ). A U.S. power company has pled guilty to the wind farm-related deaths of golden eagles in Wyoming. Christian Science Monitor ). Sharks rejoice! Indonesia’s national airline has banned the transport of fins from their flights.

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Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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Not only that, but the university retains on faculty a bona fide authority on the region’s avifauna: Professor Oliver Komar is the co-author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America and as brilliant a field birder as I’ve ever met in the Neotropics. The eco-sendero, which was built entirely by students, traverses fields, cuts through forest, and traces the length of a waste water system that runs sewage through a series of wetland filters to produce clean water.

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

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Bush has upheld a straightforward, three-word policy for protecting the nation’s sensitive and valuable coastal wetlands: No Net Loss. According to a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States is losing coastal wetlands at the staggering rate of 80,000 acres per year. Rising sea levels make coastal wetlands increasingly important as a buffer from erosion and.

A Survey of U.S. Birders

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The survey was commissioned by National Flyway Council (NFC), which implements the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP), which, in turn, aims to maintain abundant waterfowl populations in North America. Comprehensive surveys of U.S.

Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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North America has a great diversity of ground squirrels and other members of the squirrel family: 66 species including tree squirrels, flying squirrels, chipmunks, marmots and prairie dogs. Waterfowl & Wetlands. The classic place to look would be the prairie pothole country of the Dakotas, where wetlands still dot the grasslands (but they’re being lost at an alarming rate). The National Wildlife Refuge system offers opportunities to view ducks and other wetland wildlife.

Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

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Beavers are not a panacea and can be a nuisance when they block water diversions or chew down people’s favorite trees, which is why they have been persistently trapped and killed or relocated in many areas across North America. However, when beavers create dams and wetlands they reconnect floodplains, increase water storage, and may provide habitat for threatened species. From the Field Wildlife Ecosystem Services Field Notes Mammals Resilience Restoration Water Wetlands

Manky Muscovy Ducks

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Manky Muscovy Ducks Manky Muscovy Ducks By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The Muscovy Duck ( Cairina moschata ) attracts more attention than most ducks, at least in North America. When this native of Mesoamerica and South America is spied in the wild, usually in some corner of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, it elicits admiring oohs and ahs.

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Big Fish: Return of the Alligator Gar

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Formerly farmland , Spunky Bottoms is now 2000 acres of restored wetlands and uplands. Grider notes that the fossil record for alligator gar in North America goes back more than 3.5 Could restocked gar thrive in a restored wetland? Alligator gar are back at Spunky Bottoms.

How Nature Can Improve China’s Water Quality

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Mark Tercek is President and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter: @ MarkTercek. Air quality is often top of mind in conversations about China’s pollution challenges. But as I met with the Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) volunteer leaders recently in China, water pollution was another big topic of discussion.

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Wet and Wild in the Atherton Tableland

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Next week I’ll be talking about the forest parks and patches I visited, but today I’ll give the lowdown on some of the wetlands you can vist there. Mareeba Wetlands Just north of the town of Mareeba are the Mareeba Wetlands , a large lake reserve that protects both wetlands and northern savannah. Like with Mareeba the surrounding vegetation was savannah, and I saw a range of wetland and bush birds. Birding queensland wetlands

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Traveling Naturalist: Spotting Wild Jaguars

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Sure, they are found widely in Central and South America (and sometimes even show up in Arizona ), but they don’t often show themselves. The Pantanal is the world’s largest tropical wetland, covering nearly 70,000 square miles. In the northern Pantanal, about an hour from the city of Cuiaba, is a rough dirt road that runs through the Pantanal’s wetlands. It’s undoubtedly the best spot in South America to see large wildlife. Want to see a wild jaguar?

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Cape May, NJ: green is here to stay

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Billed as America’s oldest seaside resort, Cape May also claims the second-largest collection of restored Victorian homes in the U.S. Archie Kirk is one of Cape May’s busiest innkeepers, simultaneously managing daily operations for his two historic B&Bs, the 11-room Bedford Inn (built in 1883) and the 5-room Linda Lee (1872), which is also one of three Cape May properties featured in the book, America’s Painted Ladies. | Green Garden State |. G reen New Jersey ?

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Welcome Back

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I opted to check one of my favorite (read: convenient) wetlands within which we identified a suitable field some weeks ago. Pectoral Sandpipers pass through en route to southern South America, some going as far as Tierra del Fuego.

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Who cares for your ducks in the winter?

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Perhaps you like them enough to have supported legislation protecting wetlands in the United States and Canada. You may even have donated to organizations supporting wetland preservation there. So, in many cases, their survival depends at least as much on the qualities of wetlands in Latin America. To the best of my knowledge, Ducks Unlimited is the one American organization working to protect the wetlands of Lago de Cuitzeo. I confess: I am a lister.

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Sniping: The Final Frontier?

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During these months every Wilson’s Snipe would be busy with breeding in northern North America. I understood (also unscientifically) that this bird was on its first journey, headed to a nearby wetland and simply did not have the strength to reach its destination.

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Outdoor Adventure Fuels the Economy

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million acres of wetlands lost in the U.S. since the 1950s has resulted in an economic loss of more than $81 billion in all wetlands-related ecosystem services; $1 million invested in residential historic rehabilitation generates approximately 36 jobs, $1.24 Related posts: Report Card Time for Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Here’s a number for you: 1.06 trillion dollars.

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Adventures of a Louisiana Birder: One Year, Two Wings, Three Hundred Species–A Book Review

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There are the state’s unique habitats–swamp forests, coastal prairies, oak cheniers, wetlands of fresh water and salt water. Marybeth and Lynn chase birds familiar and unfamiliar to me, a Northeastern birder, and I’m sure it will be the same for any reader in North America.

Marine Resource Economics Vol. 29, No. 1, March 2014

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  America’s Wetland? A National Survey of Willingness to Pay for Restoration of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands. Special Feature.   Steering the Global Partnership for Oceans.   Joshua Abbott, James L. Anderson, Liam Campling, Rögnvaldur Hannesson, Elizabeth Havice, M. Susan Lozier, Martin D. Smith, and Michael J. Wilberg.   DOI: 10.1086/676290.   Marine Resource Economics March 2014, Vol. 29, No. 1: 1-16.   Articles.

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Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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According to their website , the “Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley of California. ” The Cinnamon Teal ( Anas cyanoptera ) is one of the least abundant dabbling ducks in North America. Wetland losses across Canada were estimated to be 29 to 71 percent since settlement 2.

How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

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Restoring natural areas, such as wetlands, in some cases can filter water more cost-effectively than water treatment plants like this one. Constructing wetlands to filter water also creates habitat for wildlife such as this black-necked stilt and American coot in Mexico. © Show us the data. That’s what I hear almost every time I work with decision-makers.

Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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Over 400 savanna and wetland species have been recorded here, with up to 30,600 waterfowl counted at once. mi long trail at the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary offers the Great Blue Turaco and the Papyrus Gonolek. Next time, see you in South America.

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Five Steps Toward a Brighter Water Future for California

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Rivers and streams that support fish and other wildlife have been reduced to a trickle, and wetlands that provide homes to migrating birds are shrinking. Flickr Creative Commons user Jim Bowen Invest in natural capital : Investing in watersheds and natural infrastructure—including restoring forests, meadows and wetlands—can optimize snowmelt, improve groundwater recharge and enhance flood protection while providing wildlife habitat.

All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

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Although it was formerly abundant and geographically widespread, Trumpeter Swan numbers and distribution were greatly reduced during the early fur trade and European settlement of North America (1600’s to 1800’s), when it was prized for its skins and primary feathers 1. In North America they are divided into three populations for management purposes, not based on biological differences: 1) Pacific Coast Population, 2) Rocky Mountain Population, and 3) Interior Population.

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The Endangered Andean Flamingo

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The Andean Flamingo ( Phoenicopterus andinus ) is one of the three flamingos occurring in the high Andes of South America. The largest of the Andean flamingos is native to the wetlands and shallow alkaline lakes of the high Andes mountain range, from southern Perú to northwestern Argentina and northern Chile. In the summer, they live in salt lakes and migrate to the lower wetlands for the winter. Alkaline wetlands constitute the Andean Flamingo’s prime foraging habitat.

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An Important Step Toward Better U.S. Water Policy

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Not all of these projects continue to be priorities for construction and, when taken together, do not represent anything like a coherent water resource investment strategy for America. Conservation Issues Dams Featured Post 1 Fresh Water North America Policy The Nature Conservancy Water Conservation Bob Bendick Chesapeake Bay Everglades flood control floodplains green infrastructure hurricane sandy natural infrastructure senate committee on environment and public works Senator Boxer U.S.

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For Earth Week: Three Transformative Ideas to Save the Planet

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We now have more than 30 similar funds across Latin America covering 7 million acres of watersheds. And mangroves, reefs and wetlands help protect coastal communities from floods and storms—hazards that are worsening in the face of a changing climate. This piece originally appeared in the Milken Institute’s “ The Power of Ideas 2015 : A Collection of Insights to Transform the Future.”

“Valley of the Wild Geese”: Glengoyne 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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White-fronted Goose by John James Audubon (1785-1851) from The Birds of America. Whisky Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskies all month long.

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Climate Change and Birds

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As the sea level rises, existing salt marshes and other coastal wetlands will become flooded; as salt marshes are inundated, they will become lower tidal zones, and new areas will be recruited to salt marsh. There are three things that will go wrong: 1) The inland zones that would become the new wetlands are already, in many cases, occupied by human-built things that will severely interfere with this process.