Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

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Will wetlands and the services they provide remain a part of our conservation heritage? Spend a morning on a wetland , and you can still see some of the world’s greatest bird flocks: ducks, geese, herons, egrets, shorebirds and more stretched to the horizon, creating an unbelievable symphony of quacks and honks and squeaks that will echo in your head hours later. Have conservationists taken this wetland protection for granted? A Conservation Legacy, Draining Away.

Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

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Restoring a large cornfield to a wetland isn’t a glimpse at the past, but a look to conservation’s future. From the Field Ideas Wildlife Restoration TNC Science


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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.

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?

Tunisian Teacher Cycles to China for Wetland Conservation

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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. As part of his efforts to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands and the dangers they face, he is visiting Ramsar sites in the country he passes through. Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Bumper-Crop Birds: Pop-Up Wetlands Are a Success in California

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By partnering with rice farmers in California, the Conservancy is transforming fields into pop-up wetlands for migrant shorebirds, yielding the largest average shorebird densities ever reported for agriculture in the region. Birds & Birding Agriculture Birds Climate Economics Research Wetlands

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. 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. Over the last 40 years, numbers of woodcock have been decreasing about 1% per year, making this a species of greatest conservation need in some states.


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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.

How Much Do Wetlands Reduce Property Damage During Storms and Hurricanes?

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I follow hurricanes with concern and interest: concern for those in their path and interest as an engineer working in the interface between flood risk mitigation and nature conservation. When I tell someone that my work involves understanding if and how ecosystems like wetlands can protect us from storms, I usually get asked, “Sure, but by how much?”. In total, coastal wetlands are estimated to have saved $625 Million in flood damages during Sandy.

Coastal Wetland Restoration: One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

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Perceptions of wetlands may have changed through history, but the trend remains the same. For centuries, wetlands were places of disease and doom – swamps to be filled in, leveled, paved over. And still wetlands disappeared, particularly in coastal areas. Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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. Diversion proponents say that the river built those wetlands and cannot be restored without it. If we want functional coastal wetlands that provide the things we need and love, including copious fisheries, we need to return the river to the wetlands in a big way and let it build land.

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. Behind Emiquon’s incredible conservation success is an extensive science program. 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.”.

Marine Restoration Week: Tales from the Cab — Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana

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Here’s more information on Restoration Week and what the Conservancy is doing to restore marine habitats such as coral reefs, eelgrass, shellfish, and mangroves.). Mike Beck is lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team. The water sure didn’t used to come up this far when we still had all those marshes, he said, adding: “Twenty years ago if a storm like Katrina would have hit, it wouldn’t have been so bad because of those coastal wetlands.”

Birding Beljarica in August

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Birding Belgrade Beljarica Conservation Danube Serbia wetlandsLast month, I birded my favourite local patch, Beljarica – the best eBird hotspot in Belgrade city and the 3rd best in Serbia – four times.

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10 Fish Conservation Success Stories to Celebrate

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But freshwater conservation isn’t always gloomy. As 2013 winds to a close, we celebrate by looking back at some of the most inspiring fish conservation success stories we’ve covered this year. When I talked to him in 2012, the Conservancy’s Steve Herrington estimated Alabama shad returns on the Apalachicola River to be some 65,000 fish, thanks to a low-cost technique that involves moving shad through shipping locks. Where the River Meets the Road: Conserving Brook Trout.

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

A Renter’s Market: BirdReturns Offers Innovative Conservation

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Conservancy employees Eric Hallstein and Mark Reynolds discuss BirdReturns with rice farmer Doug Thomas. With 95% of the valley’s historic wetlands converted to cities as well as rice, corn, alfalfa and other forms of agriculture, migratory birds traveling along this Pacific Flyway face a major habitat deficit each winter. A market-based approach that pays farmers to create wetland habitat temporarily for a few weeks per year offers an innovative answer.

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. With the help of the Nature Conservancy and other partners, fisherman have learned the best practices for fishing sustainably. All of which makes the camera trap one of conservation science’s most versatile tools.

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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. However, when beavers create dams and wetlands they reconnect floodplains, increase water storage, and may provide habitat for threatened species. Photo © The Nature Conservancy (Sierra Harris) 2 of 3 Install on Middle Creek - May 2015.

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. And over decades the Conservancy’s planning systems, decision-making and analytical tools became highly tailored to this model. We are in a very different world now than the one the conservation movement was born into.

Of Drones and Cranes: UAV Technology Aids California Bird Conservation

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The Nature Conservancy has been demonstrating how a working farm can be managed to support migratory birds for more than a decade at Staten Island in California’s Bay Delta. At the end of a day foraging in the surrounding landscape, the cranes congregate in large numbers each evening and settle down for the night, all packed together in fields that the Conservancy intentionally floods — providing their preferred roosting habitat of 6-12 inches of water.

The Duck Stamp and The Wildlife Conservation Stamp Living in Symbiosis?

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The Mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System is to administer a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and where appropriate, restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the United States for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans 1. Our National Wildlife Refuges need our help to remain a viable entity promoting wildlife conservation.

Birds face extinction in dying wetland

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When you hear someone say wetlands you would probably think about flocks of birds feeding, possibly images of large areas of conserved land would float across your mind. This is certainly the case in many European countries where wetlands are considered as areas of extreme natural importance and are protected from development and destruction.

The Final Days of the Danube backwaters in Belgrade: Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is coming to Serbia

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Conservation Belgrade Beljarica Danube IBA Serbia wetlands White-tailed EagleIn mid-December, I was birding along the Beljarica levee (Beh-LYAH-ritza), my local patch north of Belgrade, when something other than birds attracted my attention: three wild boars , appearing all black because they had just swam through the swamp to reach the bottom of the levee. I think all were males, at last two huge ones certainly were.

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Pupfish: Conserving a Mojave Desert Survivor

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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 In the early 1970s, The Nature Conservancy purchased one pool in the Ash Meadows area to protect the Ash Meadows Amargosa pupfish. The Nature Conservancy was there to negotiate the purchase.

The Wildlife Conservation Stamp: An Additional Income Stream for Our National Wildlife Refuges

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Many of these refuges and associated Conservation Areas, which have the potential to protect more than 1 million acres of vital wildlife habitat, have been forged through creative partnerships with sportsmen, conservation groups and private landowners. Sign the petition for a Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp National wildlife refuges have been underfunded since President Theodore Roosevelt created the first refuge in 1903 and Congress refused to appropriate money to manage it.

The Danube Backwaters

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The levees cut off most of the area, which was later turned into arable fields, but what remains of those wetlands – the forelands edging the Pancevacki rit area (literally, “wetlands next to the Pancevo town”) laying north of Belgrade – actually form one of the most important international ecological corridors, protruding along the most of the Danube. How those primordial wetlands looked like before I got to know them?

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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. Conservation needs to grapple with what climate change is and will do to its traditional work — and it is. Ecosystems such as wetlands, dunes and marshes play an important role in attenuating storm surge (Arkema et al. Conserving biodiversity coldspots.

Can Conservation Provide Water for Cape Town in a Time of Drought?

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But a conservation tool can help address these seemingly disparate issues. Around the world, The Nature Conservancy and partners have used a tool called water funds to invest in conservation activities in watersheds, improving water quantity and quality for urban residents downstream. It’s clear we need to change our relationship with water in the Western Cape,” says Louise Stafford, director of water funds for The Nature Conservancy in South Africa. “A

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Iraq’s Newly Protected Marshes a Huge Conservation Turnaround

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We first learned about Nature Iraq’s conservation in a combat zone in 2010. Back then Iraq’s only conservation NGO seemed to receive little ministerial support; three years later and the Council of Ministries has approved the group’s push to protect the Mesopotamian Marshlands as the country’s first national park. This really is a huge victory for conservation. Travel mesopotamian marshlands nature conservation nature iraq protected park Iraq travel

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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. From 2001-2005, more than 1,360 experts worldwide worked on the MA and the report set a high bar for the growing role of social and decision science in modern conservation science.

Epic Duck: The Story of the Canvasback

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Meet the canvasback, a striking bird with an even more striking conservation story. Birds & Birding Birds Natural History Nature + People Wetlands

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Bringing Behavioral Insights into Conservation Programs and Policies

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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. Before I joined The Nature Conservancy (TNC), we went to the Republic of Kiribati to do just that. A Major Impediment to Solving Conservation Problems. Marsh and wetlands along Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.

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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. Tercek; President and Chief Executive Officer of The Nature Conservancy, photographed at the Conservancy’s Worldwide headquarters in Arlington, Virginia ©Dave Lauridsen It wasn’t until much later—as a parent and businessperson—that I started to focus hard on environmental issues.

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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The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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Conservation Belgrade Beljarica IBA Important Bird Areas Serbia wetlands White-tailed EagleBeljarica backwaters cover the 900 ha of wilderness on the eastern bank of the Danube, between the river and the embankment, by the suburb of Kovilovo, some 15 kilometres upstream from downtown Belgrade. I have been there several times last month, but barely ever managed to do any proper birding! Mostly, I was showing the area to journalists and talking to cameras.

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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. Considering the number of species, but also habitats of international conservation concern, protection of this area and its biodiversity is clearly an issue of wider European and not merely local significance.

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Conservation and FEMA Can Beat Godzilla!

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From the 1780s to the 1980’s California lost 91% of its coastal wetlands, the highest percent loss in the entire country. And unfortunately, several RLPs are located in wetlands, areas that usually include swamps, marshes, and bogs, and are the first places to flood after heavy rains. Photo © Island Conservation. The majority of properties (1,589 properties or 66%) are located in areas of conservation interest.

Review: The Wild Duck Chase

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One of the most successful conservation efforts in world history was created by a political cartoonist and is funded by a stamp purchased at your local post office. If you don’t hunt ducks, you likely haven’t even heard of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest , a federal program that has conserved millions of acres and saved species once considered doomed for extinction. This often-overlooked conservation success is the subject of Martin J. million acres of wetland habitat.

Getting the Best Value for Conservation in Africa

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The Bangweulu Wetlands ecosystem in northern Zambia covers a large area of great biodiversity. Well, we might be getting close: Nature Conservancy scientists have developed an approach that makes it almost as easy to see the trade-offs between, say, the importance of biodiversity saved or the value of watershed protection, and the cost of implementation and the likelihood of success for a conservation effort. Using data to prioritize conservation investments isn’t a new idea.

Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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As a backup plan, researchers captured some Spoonies in Siberia in 2011 and brought them to England , where they’ve been raised at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. According to WWT conservation chief Nigel Jarrett , “We’ve been doing everything short of playing Barry White.” News breeding Phoebe Snetsinger Spoon-billed sandpipers Wildfowl and Wetlands TrustIt’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds!

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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. A network of rivers and palm wetlands punctuate wide, rolling grasslands, which are home to species like tapirs, Pampas deer, and maned wolves. By Nature Conservancy Magazine. “We Optimizing Business for Conservation.

Why Tucson, for the birds of course!

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This does not even take in to account the nearly a dozen waste Treatment Plants, along with Sweetwater Wetland, Madera Canyon, Florida Canyon, Box Canyon, los Cienegas National Conservation Area, Benson, Patagonia, Organ Pipe National Park, Mt. This White-throated Sparrow showed up two weeks ago at the Sweetwater Wetlands, for the regular Wednesday morning bird walk. A highlight to be found at the Sweetwater Wetlands, is this Swamp Sparrow.

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