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?

Tunisian Teacher Cycles to China for Wetland Conservation

Green Prophet

Seven months ago, a Tunisian university teacher decided to travel from Tunisia to China on his bike to help raise awareness of the human and environmental value of wetlands. Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

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Science at Emiquon: Restoring a “Wetland of Dreams”

Nature Conservancy - Science

Today, hundreds of thousands of coots and other waterfowl flock to Emiquon Preserve. 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.


Green (Living) Review

The Itchen Navigation Heritage Trail Project, managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust (HIWWT) has won CIWEM’s prestigious Living Wetlands Award. Justin Taberham, CIWEM’s Director of Policy and judge for the Living Wetlands Award praised all the entries: “This year, CIWEM’s Living Wetlands Award received twenty entries of amazing diversity.

Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Complex Problems Need Multiple Solutions

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

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

10,000 Birds

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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Smart Investments Needed to Preserve Ocean Wealth

Nature Conservancy - Science

Half the world’s mangrove wetlands – which serve as natural “fish factories” and protect coastal communities from storm surges – have been dug out to make room for poorly managed shrimp ponds and unsustainable aquaculture, to cite just one example. What is the ocean worth?

Economics: The Next Frontier in Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

Pupfish: Conserving a Mojave Desert Survivor

Nature Conservancy - Science

But Nature Conservancy ecologist Sophie Parker , who is showing me conservation projects here, asks me to envision an earlier California and Nevada. “It’s The islands here are not land in the middle of the ocean; they’re wetlands in the middle of the desert,” says Parker. “In

Hotspots for People: A New Conservation Strategy

Nature Conservancy - Science

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

Conservancy Talk

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. My wife Amy and I wanted to get our kids outdoors, so we started taking trips to parks and nature preserves.

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Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

Nature Conservancy - Science

Behavioral science and economics have provided important insights for health, finance, and many other domains, but are largely untapped resources for conservation. A new paper in Conservation Letters helps practitioners tap into behavioral sciences.

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Land Conservation: The Best is Yet to Come

Conservancy Talk

In my six short months at The Nature Conservancy, I have been keen to delve into our past — to understand how our organization’s rich history can help inform and shape where we’re headed. The Conservancy’s 63-year past is rooted in place.

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

The Nature Conservancy is excited to partner with Discovery for the launch of this new series. But as wetlands continue to decline worldwide, the beaver’s ability to maintain the health of these unique ecosystems cannot be understated. Fellow animal lovers, it’s time to geek out.

Everyday Nature: Cartoonish Coot Chicks

Nature Conservancy - Science

Coots are one of the most common birds you’ll see in wetlands, ponds and lakes around the United States. More than 100,000 coots have been counted at the Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve. Baby coots are born with bright orange plumes, giving them a bizarre appearance.

End of the Hemlocks, a Lament

Conservancy Talk

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. . As they have in The Nature Conservancy’s Greenland Gap Preserve in West Virginia. Hemlock forest.

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Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

10,000 Birds

But a handful of federal conservation programs have permanent and stable funding mechanisms that allow them to operate regardless of who is in the White House. Among them are Federal Duck Stamps and related waterfowl conservation programs.

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Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

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.

A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation

The Green Changemakers

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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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

10,000 Birds

Sales of duck stamps have funded the preservation of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, which in turn has supported an increase in waterfowl populations. But the drop in stamp sales has meant a possible reduction in wild lands preservation efforts.

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Global Cities Need Natural Defenses

Conservancy Talk

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.

Big Fish: Return of the Alligator Gar

Nature Conservancy - Science

Left to right) Nathan Grider of University of Illinois-Springfield, Doug Carney of Illinois Dept of Natural Resources, Nerissa Michaelsof the Illinois Natural History Survey and Tharran Hobson of The Nature Conservancy. Could restocked gar thrive in a restored wetland?

WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

10,000 Birds

Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who loves to share thoughtful , in-depth conservation pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. Often called “potholes,” these fill seasonally with water from melting snow and rainfall, forming shallow ponds and wetlands. Jason A.

The Whistle Blowers

10,000 Birds

The haunting call of the West Indian Whistling Duck has long been a sound synonymous with the ever-shrinking wetlands of the Caribbean. Let’s briefly look at some of the conservation efforts that have helped in reversing the downward trend.

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The Duck Stamp and Lack of National Wildlife Refuge Funding

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It preserves habitat, protects wildlife. Congress appropriates these monies primarily with funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (MBCF). 2. Duck Stamp sales to non-hunters are not accurately calculated to reflect their contributions – which tends to short change the conservation goals of non-consumptive users. A Wildlife Conservation Stamp ! Support creation of a Wildlife Conservation Stamp.

Top wildlife destinations in North Africa

Green Prophet

So set out on a journey with us to explore these areas of lush green wetlands, rugged mountains and some of the most fascinating flora and fauna in some of the top national parks of North Africa. The two Ramsar wetland areas harbour brahminy ducks and common coot.

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From Davos: Water Is a Valuable Asset – Let’s Treat It like One

Conservancy Talk

Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. With half the world’s cities and three-fourths of irrigated farms experiencing regular water shortages, it’s critical that we capitalize on the value created from conserving water.

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Why We March for Science

Conservancy Talk

Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. As the CEO of a science-based organization, The Nature Conservancy, I understand that rigorous science is much more than an aesthetic benefit to egghead ecologists.

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Outdoor Adventure Fuels the Economy

Wend Magazine

That’s the minimum amount in relation to gross domestic product (GDP) outdoor recreation, conservation and historic preservation activities mean to the economy according to a recent study by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. million acres of wetlands lost in the U.S.

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Our Favorite Road Trip Destinations

Conservancy Talk

We packed into a van and made a road trip out to Ebey’s Landing , a Nature Conservancy preserve that offers sweeping views of Puget Sound and both the Olympic and Cascade Mountain Ranges. T he Conservancy has helped to protect approximately 21 million acres in the United States.

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Solar Eclipse Expedition 2017

Nature Conservancy - Science

Here’s a guide to viewing opportunities, including Nature Conservancy preserves where you can catch the spectacle in beautiful surroundings. You are welcome to visit several Nature Conservancy preserves that fall in the path of totality during the eclipse.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

10,000 Birds

The proposed rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 100 additional refuges and wetland management districts. There are more than 560 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts, including one within an hour’s drive from most major metropolitan areas. Hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities on refuges help stimulate the economy and generate funding for wildlife conservation.

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Definition as Intention: “Climate Adaptation”

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy’s Erie Marsh Preserve contains 11 percent of the remaining wetlands in southeast Michigan. Wetlands are both a target and a tool for climate adaptation.

Is 18 acres here worth 43 acres there?

Environmental Economics

The developer would create wetlands on the riverside property, which the state would own. It was created in a wetlands-conservation deal that developers of a nearby shopping center reached with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. “We 4, Tom Harcarik, the Ohio EPA’s Isolated Wetland Permitting Unit supervisor, sent a memo to George Elmaraghy, chief of the agency’s surface water division, complaining about the deal.

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Rocky Mountain Amphibian Project

Nature Conservancy - Science

Even in a seemingly dry state such as Wyoming, there are plenty of wetlands and riparian areas that harbor amphibians such as boreal toad , northern leopard frog , and tiger salamander , but scant information about how abundant they really are.

Is Green Infrastructure Doomed to Underinvestment, Just Like Our Grey Infrastructure?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Conservationists have been advocating lately for green infrastructure: trees, oyster reefs, wetlands and more that provide infrastructure and additional values. The concept of green infrastructure is all the rage now in the conservation community.

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Saved by Chance: The Incredibly Strange Story of the Pere David’s Deer

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Pere David’s deer once roamed marshes and plains of China, where they often wallowed in wetlands. The one seemingly viable population was in the Emperor of China’s Imperial Hunting Park, a large walled and carefully guarded preserve.

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New Report: What Will the Urban Century Mean for Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Lisa Feldkamp is senior coordinator of new science audiences for The Nature Conservancy. That’s an issue the Nature Conservancy cares about too,” adds McDonald. An aerial view of Cape Town. Image Credit: Damien du Toit/Flickr user coda through a Creative Commons license.

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Who cares for your ducks in the winter?

10,000 Birds

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. I confess: I am a lister.

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Africa’s endangered species

10,000 Birds

One of Africa’s truly exhilarating experiences is watching and listening to a honking flock of these massive birds as they appear out of the early morning mists over a wetland, to land nearby and start their wing-flapping and jumping displays. Birds Conservation Africa endangered birds

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Birds, Birding and Economic Gains on a Restored Coast

Nature Conservancy - Science

When The Nature Conservancy purchased the South Cape May Meadows Preserve in southern New Jersey in 1981, the goal was to protect an important natural system for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. Piping plover chick. Photo by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

New Chief Operating Officer Lois Quam Chats with Mark Tercek

Conservancy Talk

Lois Quam, The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Operating Officer. I’m delighted to welcome Lois Quam to The Nature Conservancy as Chief Operating Officer. Lois joined the Conservancy in early April. We need more people involved in conservation.

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