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?

Birding Esopus Bend Nature Preserve

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I eventually decided that my early morning ramble would occur at Esopus Bend Nature Preserve , a 161-acre preserve along the Esopus Creek less then I mile before it flows into the Hudson River. At least it made for a sunny Easter egg hunt… Get to Esopus Bend Nature Preserve.

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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

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. Without the river, we don’t restore wetland processes – we create land masses.

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.

Why Wetlands Don’t Fully Recover

Eco Friendly Daily

Of the ecosystems present in the United States, wetlands represent one of the most endangered. Since European settlement in the 18th century, over one-half of the wetlands in the lower 48 states has been lost. In addition, every time a wetland is disturbed the risk for unleashing toxins trapped in the sediment rises. For wetlands lost to development, additional wetlands are created in another area. Environment flooding wetland restoration wetlands

The Taboo of Poo: Preserving the Planet with Human Waste.

Elephant Journal

Join Walk the Talk Show, Thursday, July 17th, at 12 pm MDT, for Waylon''s chat with The Wastewater Gardener, Dr. Mark Nelson, on the nitty-gritty of constructing wetlands from one of the world''s most valuable resources: human waste!

Going Medieval: Waterfowling the Two Towers of Serbia

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Coypus herbivory “severely reduces overall wetland biomass and can lead to the conversion of wetland to open water.” In Louisiana wetlands, on plots open to Coypu herbivory, 40% less vegetation was found than in plots guarded against nutria by fences [ source ].

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Post Apocalyptic Steampunk Birding

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Fortunately, throughout the tenure of the refinery many of the older, larger trees were preserved. Birding Trinidad and Tobago waterbirds wetlands

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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.

Spring’s Top 10 Wildlife Spectacles

Nature Conservancy - Science

Waterfowl & Wetlands. The classic place to look would be the prairie pothole country of the Dakotas, where wetlands still dot the grasslands (but they’re being lost at an alarming rate). million acres of wetlands around the country.

5 Fun Facts About Animals in ‘North America’

Conservancy Talk

But as wetlands continue to decline worldwide, the beaver’s ability to maintain the health of these unique ecosystems cannot be understated. In fact, many bison can be found on Conservancy preserves in the Midwest. A new baby was just born on one of our preserves this spring!

Big Fish: Return of the Alligator Gar

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Nature Conservancy’s Spunky Bottoms Preserve fit everything they sought. Formerly farmland , Spunky Bottoms is now 2000 acres of restored wetlands and uplands. Could restocked gar thrive in a restored wetland? Alligator gar are back at Spunky Bottoms.

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

Conservancy Talk

The Laohegou Nature Preserve in Sichuan Province is a replicable model for expanding conservation across China. We hope these engineered floods will help carp populations rebound by giving fish the ability to once again spawn in flooded fields and wetlands near the river each June.

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

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If you have 5-7 days, combine these two zones, adding wetlands around the village of Baranda (220 species). Carska bara wetland reserve. I here focus on the Deliblato Sands Nature Reserve and the adjoining Labudovo okno Ramsar wetland.

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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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Florida Gulf Coast in Env-Econ's kind of school

Environmental Economics

Our campus is located on 760 acres with over 400 acres of carefully restored and preserved wetlands and uplands that are home to a variety of wildlife - some of which are listed by state and federal agencies as Endangered, Threatened, or Species of Special Concern.

Nature’s Climate Solutions

Conservancy Talk

We have identified three approaches that show tremendous promise, and we are working around the world to expand their scale: Preserve Healthy Ecosystems : Destruction of tropical forests is the source of 15% of current greenhouse gas emissions.

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.

Are all citations good citations?

Environmental Economics

By presenting survey participants with information about four wetlands of varying qualities we test for information effects in a dichotomous choice contingent market for wetlands allocation.

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When you want environmental benefits to be zero just make them zero

Environmental Economics

The rule, known as  Waters of the United States , and enacted by the Obama administration, was designed to take existing federal protections on large water bodies such as the Chesapeake Bay and Mississippi River and expand them to include the wetlands and small tributaries that flow into those larger waters. They produced a new cost-benefit analysis that showed no quantifiable benefit to preserving wetlands.”.

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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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Returning to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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The highlight for me in the inland wetlands remains a Marbled Godwit , my first. As the weather eventually cools and migration begins in earnest, waterfowl of all shapes and sizes descend on these wetlands and marshes, filling the public preserve with feathers and noise.

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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. Grassy Slough Preserve.

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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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WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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Often called “potholes,” these fill seasonally with water from melting snow and rainfall, forming shallow ponds and wetlands. However, over time many of these ponds and wetlands have been drained, filled, and converted to agriculture. Jason A.

Who cares for your ducks in the winter?

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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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Collaborative list – June 2019

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Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh). Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh). Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh). Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh). Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh). Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh). Sani Wetland (IBA Nea Fokea Marsh).

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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.

Collaborative list – December 2019

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Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Medio Queso wetland. Medio Queso wetland. Medio Queso wetland. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Medio Queso wetland. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Medio Queso wetland.

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Birding John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge

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The fine folks at the Fish and Wildlife Service are happy to tell the tale: The history of Tinicum Marsh, the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland Pennsylvania goes back to the first settlements in the region in 1634.

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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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. Nachusa Grasslands was the very first preserve I visited at a Conservancy employee.

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What Oil Trains Threaten in Grays Harbor

Sightline Daily

North Bay Preserves. The North Bay Natural Area Preserve is said to have some of the highest quality costal freshwater and sphagnum (moss) bog systems in Washington. Within the North Bay, the Goose Island Natural Area Preserve is a small sandy island supporting nesting seabirds.

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Abu Dhabi puts great effort in giving sea turtles their rightful home

Green Prophet

Abu Dhabi is now going one step further to have these sites included in a UN sponsored list of locations which are vital to the preservation and well being of a number of endangered sea turtle species. Greater flamingos return to Abu Dhabi Wetlands and hopefully to Bu Tinah.

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

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The lakes, ponds and wetlands of the Yukon Flats support huge numbers (approximately 1.5 October 18 is a legal holiday in the 49th state. Alaska Day commemorates Alaska’s formal transfer from Russia to the United States in 1867.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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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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The plant that transforms wastewater into clean water

Green Prophet

During the first steps, solid waste is filtered from the wastewater and separated for composting, while the liquid part flows through three individual artificial wetlands and eventually comes out as clean irrigation water.

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

Conservancy Talk

In the Murray-Darling Basin, we—along with local nonprofit Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group—plan to use water saved through the trust to restore more than 40,000 acres of wetlands during the next decade. Mark R.

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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.

Collaborative List – January 2019

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Plantation Preserve. Sweetwater Wetlands. Plantation Preserve. Sweetwater Wetlands. Medio Queso wetland. Sweetwater Wetlands. Medio Queso wetland. Medio Queso wetland. Sweetwater Wetlands. Sweetwater Wetlands. Medio Queso wetland.

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Why We March for Science

Conservancy Talk

We owe this skill to our mastery of empirical science — the power that comes from using millions of observations and data to decipher trends, and act on that knowledge to preserve and enhance the world in which we live.

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