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?

The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

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By Brian Piazza, Director of Freshwater and Marine Science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. And I have a long history with this strange denizen of forest and bog. They live mainly in young, dense wet forests near streams, rivers, and marshes.

Flight Over the Bas-Ogooué: Using Drones to Map Gabon’s Wetlands

Nature Conservancy - Science

How do you map a nearly inaccessible 9,000-square-kilometer African wetland that is home to hippos, forest elephants, crocodiles, and the notorious Gaboon viper? Forests cover 85 percent of Gabon, making it the world’s second most forested country.

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Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

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It is therefore appropriate for birders to pause and recognize significance of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). At the signing ceremony, President Carter stated : We are setting aside for conservation an area of land larger than the State of California.

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Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Complex Problems Need Multiple Solutions

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By Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Lately, there has been a lot of controversy on how best to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Without the river, we don’t restore wetland processes – we create land masses.

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

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Engaging in markets is not new for The Nature Conservancy. Property rights have long been the Conservancy’s primary transaction unit. As a consequence, the Conservancy’s ‘priorities’ could often be very precisely defined: a discrete property of interest. Forest thinning.

Ecotricity customers boost England’s national woods and forests

Green (Living) Review

Customers joining Britain’s leading green energy company, Ecotricity, can support new conservation projects in England’s national woods and forests. Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity, said: “Trees and forests are really important.

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Camera Trap Chronicles: Wildlife of North Idaho’s Working Forests

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Moose captured via trail camera in North Idaho’s forest. Welcome to the Camera Trap Chronicles, a new series featuring wildlife photos from trail cameras set at Conservancy projects around the globe. The camera trap has become one of the conservation biologist’s most useful tools.

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7 Science Innovations That Are Changing Conservation

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And at The Nature Conservancy, science has guided everything we do for more than 65 years. Today, more than 600 Conservancy scientists are working all over the world to discover and apply solutions to the biggest challenges facing people and the planet.

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The Danube Backwaters

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It is a fascinating world of swampy forests of willow and poplar, inhabited by Black Storks , White-tailed Eagles , Eastern Olivaceous and Icterine Warblers (above), among more than 200 other species. How those primordial wetlands looked like before I got to know them?

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Konik Ponies in Scottish Conservation

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The Loch of Strathbeg reserve in Aberdeenshire Scotland has begun to use eight rare ‘Konick’ horses to manage and improve it’s wetland habitats for birds. Previously the rank tussocky vegetation had to be artificially stripped away to ensure the wetlands remained in top condition. Conservation Konik Horses RSPB Scotland

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

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The Nature Conservancy is working like a beaver ( Castor canadensis ) by mimicking beaver dam building to restore streams and floodplain habitat in Montana and California. Beavers Versus Old Growth: The Tough Reality of Conservation. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Kristen Podolak).

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

While conservation is not an alternative to reducing fossil fuel emissions—we need to do both—reaching this mitigation potential would be as significant as shutting down every fossil fuel power station in the world. Brian McPeek is The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Conservation Officer.

Stopping to See the Forest — and the Trees

Conservancy Talk

Even for those of us who work in conservation, it can be easy to miss the goldfinch perched outside the widow as we rush off to work, or the spiderwort blooming in the garden next to the train stop. In its wetlands, you can spot Baltimore orioles and other migratory birds.

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Walt Reid on Conservation Bright Spots & Systems Versus Species Thinking

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Walt Reid, director of Conservation and Science at the Packard Foundation and past director of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Conservation science has changed a lot in the past two decades. Walt Reid is director of the Conservation and Science Program for the Packard Foundation.

Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy

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This perhaps explains why there is little money for conservation here, and none of the world’s largest conservation organizations (The Nature Conservancy, WWF not IUCN) have El Salvador country programs. But major conservation organizations have yet to step up to this challenge.

5 Questions with The Nature Conservancy’s Mark Tercek

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Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sustainable Cleveland Summit. I was a late-bloomer to conservation. When I heard that The Nature Conservancy (TNC) was looking for a new CEO, I threw my hat in the ring.

Dubai’s Camels to Chomp Down Runaway Mangrove Forests?

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Travel & Nature camels conservation Dubai nature Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary travel wildlife managementDubai is considering biological control: camels to dine in Dubai’s Ras al Khor wildlife sanctuary overrun by mangrove trees.

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

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Even during times of tremendous economic and political instability, our three nations recognized the importance of migratory bird conservation and united to protect our shared species. The tropical and subtropical forests of Mexico and the very southern U.S.

The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

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Several European Honey-buzzards and several hundred European Bee-eaters are filling the sunny sky above the wetland. Lastly, there are 51 Species of European Conservation Concern (SPEC) recorded in this area. Conservation Belgrade Europe IBA Important Bird Areas Serbia wetlands

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Can Mangroves Adapt to Rising Seas?

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Along the coastal waters, land and sea intertwine in the tangle of twisted mangrove forest that encircles the islands of Micronesia. The authors found that some mangrove forests have historically built up soil at pace or faster than sea level rise.

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Seeing the Trees – Without Losing Sight of the Forest

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Small forest patches and corridors are key to its survival in human influenced landscapes. Quick Study is just what it says — a rapid-fire look at a new conservation science study that might turn some heads. A tapestry of fields, pastures, wetlands and grasslands surrounds the Reserve.

China’s Business Leaders Are Stepping Up to Address Global Conservation Challenges

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. At the Nature Conservancy (TNC), we are proud to work with an influential group of Chinese leaders to address some of the country’s biggest environmental challenges.

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Scaling-Up Agricultural Planning for Conservation in the Brazilian Cerrado

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New research from Nature Conservancy and Dow scientists shows that landscape-scale impact mitigation in Brazil’s Cerrado offers significant benefits for conservation, without adding substantial cost increases for local commercial agricultural producers. By Nature Conservancy Magazine.

Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming

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Do you contribute to wildlife conservation organizations? Maybe a worldwide organization like the Wildlife Conservation Network , BirdLife International or the Peregrine Fund ? From a press release by the American Bird Conservancy.

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Review: Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil – The.

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It is our hope that this volume will provide the first sparks.&# – John Gwynne and Martha Argel What does a field guide that has conservation as its goal look like? And it looks even better in my hands while I dream about a visit to regions of Brazil I had scarcely heard of before being provided with a review copy of the first volume of the Wildlife Conservation Society Birds of Brazil.*

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End of the Hemlocks, a Lament

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Hemlock forest. A vast expanse of common reed grass may be choking out a local wetland but the feathery heads of the plants catch the wind with such grace it’s hard not to be captivated. . Hemlock forests make for good trout streams and are homes to happy salamanders.

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Global Cities Need Natural Defenses

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And over $100 million has been committed to preserve and restore the city’s 6,000 acres of wetlands, which help improve water quality and mitigate storm damage. where The Nature Conservancy worked with three communities to restore coastal dunes and wetlands to reduce flooding.

How to Get Decision-Makers to Invest in Nature

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Governments and businesses aren’t going to invest in conservation without data showing the effectiveness of those initiatives. Restoring natural areas, such as wetlands, in some cases can filter water more cost-effectively than water treatment plants like this one.

Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas

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[link] A Bold New Frontier for Conservation Indigenous peoples and local communities, both sedentary and mobile, have for millennia played a critical role in conserving a variety of natural environments and species. What are Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs)?

Freewheeling With Wild Jordan

Green Prophet

Wild Jordan (WJ) is the business arm of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), tasked with developing socioeconomic programs in Jordan’s varied nature reserves. Each reserve offers widely different landscapes, from mountains to forests to desert wetlands.

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Green (Living) Review

Isle of Skye, Scotland, 12/21/2010: Since mid-February otter conservation organisation, the International Otter Survival Fund, have been helping missionaries in the Democratic Republic of Congo to raise an orphaned Congo Clawless Otter. Is this the beginning of conservation I wonder?

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COP 21 is reminding us that everyone’s prosperity relies on nature

Conservancy Talk

Planted forests border the Sao Francisco Verdadeiro River north of the city of Foz do Iguaçu, Parana state, Brazil. Photo © Scott Warren Three huge ecosystems offer this opportunity – forests, wetlands and grasslands.

The American Woodcock, And Why We Should Be Cutting More Trees

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By day they forage in forest, probing the soft soil with their bill in search of worms and insects. But every evening at sundown woodcock silhouettes appear in the sky as the birds commute from the forest to settle in fields and clearings where they spend each night. forests.

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For Earth Week: Three Transformative Ideas to Save the Planet

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Everything we want more of—healthy forests, grasslands, coral reefs, biodiversity itself—is in decline. One of conservation’s greatest success stories in recent years stems from an unlikely collaboration. The company joined forces with the Nature Conservancy and other organizations to develop monitoring systems and incentives for farmers who comply with Brazil’s environmental regulations.

Nature Needs New Financial Solutions

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Giulio Boccaletti is Managing Director of Global Freshwater at The Nature Conservancy. In recent years, the American Southwest has become the theatre of some of the worst forest fires in memory – an epidemic described well in a recent piece by Richard Schiffman in The Atlantic.

A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation

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by: The Conservation Fund [link] This new book from The Conservation Fund provides an important conservation resource for individuals, organizations, governments and businesses across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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You can participate in a tour by Bat Conservation International (for members) , visit a state park or private ranch , or even enjoy plenty of urban bats in Austin. That’s fairly typical at Idaho’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.

Mapping a Future for Imperiled Woodland Caribou

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By Ronnie Drever, forest ecologist. Caribou in Canada’s boreal forests are in a pinch. These may not be the caribou you’re most familiar with: they live in old-growth forest, not tundra. Our approach: map large forest tracts that can be resilient to climate change.

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What does the Keystone XL Pipeline have to do with Birds?

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It wrecks vast areas of boreal forest through surface mining and subsurface production. This is a map of of the world distribution of the Taiga or Boreal Forest biome. About three billion birds fly north to the Boreal Forest each spring to build nests and lay eggs.

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Bear Nap by the Camera Trap

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The Conservancy works to protect working forest and wetlands in this valley so that grizzly bears, black bears, moose, wolverines and other wildlife can continue their wide-ranging movements. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. Does a bear sleep in the woods?

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Which Sources of Blue Carbon Measure Up to the Mitigation Challenge?

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Coastal wetlands are well-recognized as important reservoirs of “blue carbon,” with some habitats sequestering up to four times as much carbon per equivalent area as terrestrial forests. Science: Mangrove Forests as Incredible Carbon Stores.

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