Restoring Emiquon’s “Wetland of Dreams”

Nature Conservancy - Science

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

Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

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 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.

Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

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Other than a sweeping public lands package in 2019 , there has been little or no progress on the environment or wildlife protection. 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.

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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.

eBirding National Wildlife Refuges

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I am something of an aficionado of National Wildlife Refuges. The new features are called “ Explore a National Wildlife Refuge ,” and they can be found in the “explore” tab under the “explore a region” sub-tab. Photo of Prairie Wetlands Learning Center by USFWS Midwest 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.

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

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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? And proper conservation is impossible without knowing what’s there in the first place. The Nature Conservancy (Steve Schill).

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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.

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.

The Duck Stamp and Lack of National Wildlife Refuge Funding

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The National Wildlife Refuge system is one of America’s greatest treasures. It preserves habitat, protects wildlife. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) entitled “ BANKING ON NATURE: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge Visitation 1 , ” recreational visits to national wildlife refuges generate substantial economic activity. Funds for National Wildlife Refuge land acquisition come from several sources.

Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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It’s the perfect time of year for a wildlife road trip. Wildlife watchers are a friendly lot; ask folks where they’re having the best sightings. That’s fairly typical at Idaho’s Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Waterfowl & Wetlands.

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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Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Cinnamon Teal ( Anas cyanoptera ) pair by Larry Jordan (click on photos for full sized images) Winter is the time to visit the National Wildlife Refuges in California. In addition, there are over 30,000 acres of conservation easements in the Complex. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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.

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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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. How do you go from cornfield to wildlife paradise?

A Gathering at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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As I always do on the way home, following a short visit to the San Francisco Bay Area, I take in at least one of the National Wildlife Refuges (NWR) found in the Sacramento Valley. California is blessed with 51 NWRs and Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), second only to North Dakota with 77. I was mesmerized watching these several different species, all foraging in this shallow wetland habitat.

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

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Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe today announced as part of Great Outdoors Month the agency is proposing to expand fishing and hunting opportunities on 21 refuges throughout the National Wildlife Refuge System. The proposed rule also modifies existing refuge-specific regulations for more than 100 additional refuges and wetland management districts. National wildlife refuges provide premier outdoor recreational opportunities across the Nation.

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10 Top National Wildlife Refuges To Explore

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A greater yellowlegs at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The National Wildlife Refuge System is one of shining stars of United States conservation history, and the refuges in this system offer some world-class nature experiences. Quivira National Wildlife Refuge , Kansas.

The Devastating Consequences of Wildlife Poaching


Wildlife poaching has grave. It is important to know that the consequences to wildlife are not only devastating; they are also pervasive. Quick Navigation for The Consequences of Wildlife Poaching. What is poaching of wildlife and why it is illegal? Wetland ecosystem.

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Wildlife is Where You Find It

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Was it the product of a concrete-lined lily pond in front of a nearby office building or a long-distance traveler from Central Park or some of the wetlands in New Jersey? Wildlife Nature + People Urban Conservation

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).

Top 10 Winter Wildlife Experiences to Enjoy Near You

Nature Conservancy - Science

In colder climes, the lack of tree cover and a white snowy backdrop makes finding birds and other wildlife easier – even in cities and suburbs. Here are ten of my favorite winter wildlife activities: Go owling. Spend your time outdoors and help conservation.

Birds of Kruger National Park and Wildlife of Ecuador: Two WILDGuides Reviewed

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There are the seven sections: (1) Birds of Rivers and Wetlands; (2) Birds of Plains and Open Woodlands; (3) Birds of Broadleaved Woodland and Camps; (4) Birds of Forests and Riverine Thicket; (5) Birds of Prey and Vultures; (6) Birds of the Air (swifts and swallows); (7) Night Birds.

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. As a natural resource, the Konik horse offers conservationists a way of saving more wildlife for less money, saving charitable organisations and the tax payer alike thousands of pounds.

Conservation Efforts on Navy Installations Recognized by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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WASHINGTON, DC, March 2010 : Three United States Navy installations have been nominated for the 2009 Military Installation Conservation Partner Award by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

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

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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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Quick Study: What Do New Food Safety Protocols Mean For Habitat and Wildlife?

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Quick Study is just what it says — a rapid-fire look at a new conservation science study from Nature Conservancy authors that might turn some heads. They focused on wetlands and riparian habitat along the Salinas River and wildlife corridors between the river and adjacent foothills.

Where to Find Me at the 2015 Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival

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The 18th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival is less than a month away and while we don’t have snow down yet here in New York City I am pretty sick of cold weather and could use some warmth and Florida sunshine! On the first full day of the festival, Wednesday, 21 January, I will be on the bus for a morning-long field trip to the famous Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands at Viera. John’s National Wildlife Refuge” trip.

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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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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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Top 10 Night Safaris: When the (Wildlife) Freaks Come Out

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For hard-core wildlife enthusiasts, “night life” has a different meaning. Many wildlife reserves and guides now offer night safaris for those seeking quality views of nocturnal critters, particularly mammals. Please obey all local laws pertaining to spotting wildlife at night.

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.

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.

The Belgrade Amazon Campaign or the House of the Eagle

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Afraid that, against millions in investments wildlife may not be an argument enough, I reached for another – the wellbeing of Belgraders, further downstream. Conservation Belgrade Beljarica IBA Important Bird Areas Serbia wetlands White-tailed Eagle

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Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming

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Do you consider yourself a wildlife conservationist? Do you contribute to wildlife conservation organizations? Maybe a worldwide organization like the Wildlife Conservation Network , BirdLife International or the Peregrine Fund ?

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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.

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