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? Have conservationists taken this wetland protection for granted? Are we at risk of losing one of our all-time greatest conservation successes? 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?

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. 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.

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. Fast-forward to the 1990s and wetlands have been re-branded. Constructed Treatment 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.

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. 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.


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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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. The Conservancy’s Shasta Big Springs Ranch, California.

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

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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. 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.

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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

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. And there’s been some great conservation applications by WWF and

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.

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.

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

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).

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.

The Danube Backwaters

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How those primordial wetlands looked like before I got to know them? And after two decades I could read what he observed in my wetlands. Although now covering a much smaller, more disturbed and polluted area, his wetlands are still here, and most of his birds, too.

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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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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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. When I heard that The Nature Conservancy (TNC) was looking for a new CEO, I threw my hat in the ring.

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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The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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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. Conservation Belgrade Europe IBA Important Bird Areas Serbia wetlands

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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.

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. When we started this process we had a really simple question,” says Matt Brown, the Conservancy’s director of conservation for Africa , “where will TNC investments offer us the best return?

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.

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

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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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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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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. This often-overlooked conservation success is the subject of Martin J. million acres of wetland habitat.

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.

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One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

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Tercek, President and CEO, The Nature Conservancy. Bush has upheld a straightforward, three-word policy for protecting the nation’s sensitive and valuable coastal wetlands: No Net Loss. Rising sea levels make coastal wetlands increasingly important as a buffer from erosion and.

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