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?

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? Conservationists responded to the loss of wetlands early in the twentieth century. Beyond Ducks: Wetlands for People.

The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

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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. Birds forest conservation migration naturalist wetlands

Shorebirds Are Still Being Hunted, Often Legally

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This event brought widespread attention to the fact that people are still hunting shorebirds for recreation and subsistence in parts of the world. The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird. The Snipe Hunt: Myth and Reality. A collage of shorebird hunting photos.

Review: The Wild Duck Chase

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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. Instead, Darling conceived a program that vested duck hunters in wetland conservation.

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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. The Service is committed to strengthening and expanding hunting and fishing opportunities,” said Ashe. “By

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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. And that was the time when all 400 km2 were still open to annual rhythms of flooding and represented a famous waterbird hunting ground.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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The number of people who hunt waterfowl in the US has declined since the mid 1990s. Sales of duck stamps have funded the preservation of wetlands and other wildlife habitat, which in turn has supported an increase in waterfowl populations.

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Freeze-birding down the Danube

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A shot or two coming from the opposite bank, but they do not sound like geese shooting – more like boar hunting. A goose hunt sounds like a WWII battle. A flock of small birds at the dyke, Yellowhammers mostly… I cannot see well because of one enthusiastic hunting dog which takes pleasure in running through the snow and flushing them up whenever the birds land. We counted more than 35 of them, relaxed and fearless, clearly not hunted.

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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Guadeloupe, Martinique and Barbados continue to operate “shooting swamps” some of which are artificial wetlands created to attract migrant shorebirds for sport shooting during fall migration. Shorebird hunting within these areas continues to be unregulated to the present time.

The Beautiful and Colorful Mourning Dove

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Their habitats vary widely in both rural and urban landscapes; open habitats are preferred and the species generally shuns only extensively forested areas and wetlands 1. It’s a good thing too, because it is the leading gamebird in North America in terms of total harvest and the widespread distribution of hunting effort. Use of non-toxic shot when hunting waterfowl has been mandatory, nationwide, since 1991.

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Being a Birder

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We are going to the Sakule fish farm in the namesake village north of Belgrade – the very best wetland birdscape in the area. More of a hunt? Birding Europe Serbia wetlands We barely started the drive, when a flock of 14 Common Cranes forced us to stop and reach for binoculars and cameras. Belgrade lies on the cranes’ migratory corridor and, especially in Spring, flocks are regularly spotted above the city.

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Only for Dogs and Birders – Kalamas Delta, Greece

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“The estuary and the delta of the River Kalamas form the most important wetland of northwest Greece”, so the “ Birding in Greece ” guidebook claims for the area where I am heading, a bit late since I overslept this morning. Bank Swallows in the Americas) are flying above, Common Kingfishers are hunting (on this bank alone I will record six of them), quite a few Common Redshanks , while the roadside bushes are alive with migrating flocks of Willow Warblers.

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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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Shorebirds Are Still Being Hunted, Often Legally. One hundred years ago, passionate wildlife supporters encouraged national leaders to invest in bird conservation by signing the Migratory Bird Treaty and putting an end to market hunting.

Birding Where St. George Killed the Dragon

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The next site is grazing pastureland called Mali Pesak and there, while having coffee among the snowy dunes, we observe the hunting attempt of one beautiful Hen Harrier male. Trips Europe Serbia wetlands Half past six, barely one degree Celsius, but the snow is melting fast. East, down the Danube we go, to the Labudovo Okno Ramsar site (Serbian for “swan lake”).

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Citizen Science Tuesday: Otter Spotter

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“Our best betis conservation and restoration of wetlands. Not only river otters, but countless other species, including humans, rely on healthy wetlands to survive,” Megan Isadore, Executive Director of ROEP remarks. A river otter collects grass to build a nest.

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Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

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Now is a great time to watch them on the hunt. But you can see hunting raptors, even in the city. Waterfowl & Wetlands. The National Wildlife Refuge system offers opportunities to view ducks and other wetland wildlife. million acres of wetlands around the country.

A Renter’s Market: BirdReturns Offers Innovative Conservation

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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. Economics Agriculture Birds crowdsourcing Eco:nomics wetlands

BIRDING ACHERON: Hell is closed for renovation

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This is possibly the only European wetland I’ve birded where Common Moorhens outnumber Eurasian Coots. In a low tree crown above the road stands an Icterine Warbler , while a smaller flock of Sand Martins hunts insects low above the reeds. A guy on a motorbike is approaching me… perhaps a leader of the hunt to warn me off the area for safety reasons? Trips Greece wetlands

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. The Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club have both come out strongly against the hunting season. It is OK for people to like to hunt.

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Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

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A “ Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ,” costs $25 and income from sales goes into the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund (“MBCF”). The Trump Administration has been a challenging place for conservationists to find any glimmers of optimism.

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Can We Outrun the Rising Tide?

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Rising sea level is destined to cause a loss of coastal wetlands—salt marshes and mangroves that line the coastline. By one estimate, based on the topography of coastal areas worldwide, at least 46 to 59% of coastal wetlands will be lost to sea-level rise this century.

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The Whistle Blowers

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The haunting call of the West Indian Whistling Duck has long been a sound synonymous with the ever-shrinking wetlands of the Caribbean. But one man was listening to the calls of the whistle blowers -- calls of widespread wetland destruction, poaching, pesticides and destructive feral wildlife.

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The Crossley ID Guide: Waterfowl–A Book Review

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Hunting: You may have noticed that the Written Species Accounts include a section on hunting. Hunting. I am a city girl and until I became a birder my contact with hunting was limited to occasionally seeing dead deer on the tops of cars in upstate New York.

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We are Just Money Grubbers

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This species’ population is suspected to have decreased rapidly, owing to levels of hunting on the staging and wintering grounds, and habitat deterioration (largely as a result of land cultivation).

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Is it possible for the federal government to raise taxes?

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5069 would allow the Department of the Interior (DOI) to raise the price charged for Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps (referred to as federal duck stamps). Federal duck stamps are annual permits sold by the federal government to hunt migratory waterfowl.

Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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According to their website , the “Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of five national wildlife refuges (NWR) and three wildlife management areas (WMA) that comprise over 35,000 acres of wetlands and uplands in the Sacramento Valley of California.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2014)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Bald Eagle that he watched (and photographed) hunting and eating a Blue-winged Teal at Viera Wetlands. My part of the world and many others still anguish under the icy rule of the polar vortex. What good, though, is a polar vortex if it doesn’t come attended by polar birds? Where, I ask you, is my Ivory Gull ?

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The Duck Stamp and Lack of National Wildlife Refuge Funding

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Fishing accounted for 21 percent and hunting 7 percent. Coinciding with these figures is something we have suspected for a long time, the majority of Recreational Visitor Days are attributable to non-consumptive activities, followed by fishing activities and hunting activities. Now, as the popularity of hunting has declined, so too have the sales of Duck Stamps. The National Wildlife Refuge system is one of America’s greatest treasures.

All Three Populations of North American Trumpeter Swans Are Increasing

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The Trumpeter Swan Society lists these as: Lead Poisoning – occurs when swans ingest lead shot or lead fishing sinkers in wetlands and lakes. Loss of Wetland Habitat Quantity and Quality could affect the long-term growth and stability of Trumpeter Swan populations.

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If You Don’t Invest in Your Water Supply, Someone Else Will and It Won’t Be Pretty

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The people of the City of Bloomington, Illinois pay an extra fee on their water bills that was used to build wetlands on farms upstream to filter nitrates which can cause severe health problems for young children. A newly planted constructed wetland. Using Wetlands for Water Treatment.

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Butte Valley Wildlife Area and Meiss Lake

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Like many “wildlife areas” it is open to waterfowl hunting during the season. We stopped at the entrance to the wildlife area (see the sign above) where there is a small kiosk with bird lists and hunting regulations as well as maps of the facility.

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A Summer Visit to the Great Vly, Saugerties, New York

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One of my favorite stops when visiting Saugerties is the Great Vly , the county-spanning wetland that is great habitat for a variety of birds. scruffy looking Tree Swallow hunting for some bug life. And, of course, as is to be expected in a freshwater wetland upstate I was entertained by the antics of Green Herons , of which there were several hunting, chasing each other, and just being Green Herons.

12 Examples of Keystone Species


It also enables large predators like lions to have a bounty of prey to hunt [2]. They maintain healthy populations of these species by hunting the weak individuals, or scavenging on carcasses and “cleaning” up the forest. It is also the creation of wetlands that has an incredible value.

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Why We March for Science

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Consider hunting. Duck populations declined dramatically in the 1960s and 1970s when wetlands were drained to make way for crops and urban development. That decline was reversed by the North American Wetlands Conservation Act.

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Mapping a Future for Imperiled Woodland Caribou

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Based on their habitat preferences, mapping high quality habitat for caribou has focused on identifying conifer and wetland land cover types undisturbed by human industrial footprint or recent forest fires. Will woodland caribou run out of places to run? Photo: © Wayne Sawchuck.

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The Devastating Consequences of Wildlife Poaching


Wildlife poaching is the unlawful hunting or capturing of live animals. . Some species are critically endangered and are not allowed to be hunted or captured under any circumstances. Hunting licenses are applied for and must be available for inspection. Wetland ecosystem.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: History and Ecology of an American Wetland (Texas A&M Press) is Piazza’s beautiful new synthesis of more than 300 contemporary and historic scientific studies of the ARB. Atchafalaya bald cypresses.

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Birders are Freeloaders

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If you ever wonder why so many American birders leaven their love of nature with a little self-loathing, look no further than the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation , which the U.S.

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

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Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Duck Stamp) sales were at their peak in the 1970′s with 2.1 Ninety-eight cents of every Duck Stamp dollar goes directly into the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to purchase wetlands and wildlife habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System. We don’t believe that this will change no matter how hard the FWS tries to change their marketing to encourage the non-hunting community to purchase the stamp.

The Caroni Swamp Scarlet Ibis Show

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Hunting of Scarlet Ibis for their feathers as well as drainage of portions of the swamp for rice harvesting was, at one time, putting what is now a major tourist destination in jeopardy. Fortunately, forward-thinkers prevailed, the site is now protected as a Ramsar Wetland , and the hunting of Scarlet Ibis has become a social taboo. If you are a birder and you visit Trinidad and Tobago you must go to the Caroni Swamp. Actually, scratch that.

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

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Proposal: Creation of a Federal Wildlife Conservation Stamp A birder, wildlife watcher, photographer and non-hunter version of the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (aka Federal Duck Stamp). President Obama has added 10 new refuges in his first term.

The 20 best birds of Belgrade and where to find them

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Pygmy Cormorant is easy to observe, in winter from the banks of the Sava and the right, urbanised bank of the Danube River, also around the Veliko Ratno Island Reserve (#1, visible from the riverbanks); in spring best viewed in wetlands along the levees at the left (northern) bank of the Danube.

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