London’s Wetland Wonderland

10,000 Birds

I left the area before the old reservoir was converted to a reserve, but I used to walk my dog in another of the neighbourhood’s reservoirs (which is also now a small reserve) and so I have long been keen to go back to my old stomping grounds and see the WWT London Wetland Centre. The London Wetlands Centre was converted and is managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, founded by the famous duck and swan enthusiast Peter Scott.

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

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North Cave Wetlands

10,000 Birds

We visited North Cave Wetlands on October 22nd this year while we were in the UK and it is across the River Humber from my parent’s home and close to where we worked when we lived there in 1987. Map of North Cave Wetlands. Birding North Cave Wetlands UK UK Birding

Coastal Wetlands Prevented $625M in Property Damage During Hurricane Sandy

Nature Conservancy - Science

Put a dollar value on it: engineers, ecologists and risk modelers team up to measure the value of coastal wetlands for reducing hurricane risk. Climate Change From the Field Ideas NatureTech Ecosystem Services Nature-based Solutions Oceans Valuing Nature

The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

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

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

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? The Ogooué River drains an area the size of Colorado and feeds thousands of square kilometers of wetlands.

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Cattle Egrets Eating Herps at the Viera Wetlands

10,000 Birds

While I was at the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in January I spent most of one afternoon taking my time driving around the Viera Wetlands and digiscoping anything that crossed my path. One of the creatures that didn’t so much cross my path as follow it was a Cattle Egret that seemed to think my car was a suitable substitute for cows. And, when a Leopard Frog moved to escape my car, the Cattle Egret was proven correct. The frog was big but the bird was determined.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds: Conspicuous Wetland Breeders

10,000 Birds

Yellow-headed Blackbirds ( Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus ) are robin-sized blackbirds found in prairie and mountain meadow wetlands of the western and central United States and Canada.

An avian wetland ballet

10,000 Birds

This is that time of year here in Mexico, where everything “birds” slows down to a crawl. We have hit our peak summer temperatures, at steady 100F plus or minus, with humidity’s hovering around 80%. I have no tours booked, and no migrant species have made it this far yet.

Re-Branding Nature: From Dismal Swamp to Constructed Wetland

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

Science at Emiquon: Restoring a “Wetland of Dreams”

Nature Conservancy - Science

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. Tucked back from the wetland is an unimposing building that blends into the prairie.

Epic Duck: The Story of the Canvasback

Nature Conservancy - Science

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

Those magnificent places down the Danube

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Trips Europe Iron Gates Np mountains Serbia wetlandsCover photo: Black-headed Bunting by Mark S. Jobling / Wikimedia Commons. This year, the first heat of the season came late, only with early June.

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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.

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. Conservation Belgrade Europe IBA Important Bird Areas Serbia wetlands

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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 Eagle

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Greater Flamingos Return to Abu Dhabi Wetlands and Hopefully to Bu Tinah

Green Prophet

Abu Dhabi’s remaining wetlands and its well publicized Bu Tinah archipelago have been mentioned a number of times by Green Prophet; especially with it being nominated for designation as one of the earth’s Seven World Wonders.

Only for Dogs and Birders – Kalamas Delta, Greece

10,000 Birds

“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. Trips Car birding Europe Greece wetlands

Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

10,000 Birds

Trips Europe geese Greece pelicans wetlandsThe other day I was exploring a new area for the first time, birding the national park that I’ve watched only in BBC documentaries, the place famous for the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world – more than 1300 pairs! Have you heard of it? Can you pinpoint it on a map?

Being a Birder

10,000 Birds

We are going to the Sakule fish farm in the namesake village north of Belgrade – the very best wetland birdscape in the area. 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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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. Baby coots are born with bright orange plumes, giving them a bizarre appearance. Mike Baird/Flickr. by Matt Miller, senior science writer.

New Science Shows Nature’s Potential to Fight Climate Change

Nature Conservancy - Science

Climate Change Adaptation Agriculture Climate Forest Carbon Research Restoration WetlandsNew research shows that we have vastly underestimated the potential for nature to fight climate change. Nature isn’t the victim, it’s the solution.

Why The Nature Conservancy is Restoring Streams by Acting like a Beaver

Nature Conservancy - Science

However, when beavers create dams and wetlands they reconnect floodplains, increase water storage, and may provide habitat for threatened species. From the Field Wildlife Ecosystem Services Field Notes Mammals Resilience Restoration Water Wetlands

Birding with the Pale Rider Close Behind

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Trips Car birding Europe Serbia weather wetlandsJuly morning in the Balkans, early enough to create an illusion of a cool morning, umm, almost. Wheat fields around me were harvested in the previous days. In the short, golden-brown stubble, one Brown Hare is hopping. Just for fun, it seems – joie de vivre? I am driving down the dirt track in the Carska Bara Ramsar site (Serbia) and a cloud of dust closely follows me, like a rider on a pale horse.

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Freeze-birding down the Danube

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Birding Europe geese Serbia wetlandsAt the snowy Danube riverbank, we are waiting for geese to come to their roost inside the mostly submerged island. It is a January afternoon and several degrees below freezing.

State of North America’s Birds Report Released to Commemorate Centennial of the First Migratory Bird Treaty

Nature Conservancy - Science

Investments in wetlands have paid off, too; the 1934 Duck Stamp Act reflected commitments by hunters to protect waterfowl habitat, a key accomplishment that has created a strong positive outlook for ducks, herons, egrets, and many more birds.

The Summer Solstice Safari

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Birding Europe Serbia wetlands It is mid-day of the mid-summer day in the Balkans. And it is hot. My wheels are rolling down the dirt track in the Carska Bara Ramsar site, through the meadows and arable fields interspersed with depressions filled with water and overgrown with reeds. A small flock of European Bee-eaters is in flight around their nesting hillock and on the hillock – stands a pair of adult White-tailed Eagles !

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.

Of Drones and Cranes: UAV Technology Aids California Bird Conservation

Nature Conservancy - Science

Tech Agriculture Birding Birds California drones monitoring tech technology wetlands It can be difficult for human observers to accurately count birds when they are in large flocks, as is often the case at California’s Staten Island. Photo: © Erika Nortemann.

What is killing birds at Karla Lake (Greece)?

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Before it was drained for agriculture in 1962, Lake Karla covered 180 km2 / 70 mi2 – a good portion of the eastern Thessaly Plain and was among the largest wetlands of Europe (visit the Management Body of the lake’s GIS platform ). Trips Europe Greece wetlands

BIRDING ACHERON: Hell is closed for renovation

10,000 Birds

This is possibly the only European wetland I’ve birded where Common Moorhens outnumber Eurasian Coots. Trips Greece wetlands We tried yesterday to visit the Nekromanteio of Afyra , the very entrance of ancient Greek’s Hades, but the world of the dead was locked up (well, not really for renovation, but for further research and digging at this archeological site).


Green (Living) Review

The WATER project, coordinated by WWF, STEO and WWT and funded by the European Commission, promotes wetland technology as a sustainable solution for water purification for Vientiane, Laos, bringing additional benefits for flood control, biodiversity and for the people reliant on marsh products.

Wetland mitigation banking as environmental finance

Environmental Economics

There is a lot of economics and finance in this one ( Envisioning profit in environmental good works ): While the state government has developed a detailed master plan for wetlands restoration in the region, and money has been promised from the federal government and the BP settlement of the 2010 oil spill, this project is getting its funding from a private equity firm.


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 Beavers by Plane and Automobile

Nature Conservancy - Science

From the Field Wildlife Fish Mammals Restoration Technology WetlandsParachuting beavers? The remarkable story of restoring nature’s engineers.

Water and Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

Reforestation of riverbanks or restoring wetlands can improve water supply and quality and reduce flooding. Representatives of the more than 150 countries meeting in New York on April 22 for the symbolic signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change can justly celebrate a historic moment.

Derby Poo Ponds and Waste Water Wetlands

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They politely call it the Waste Water Wetlands, which is actually only fair as they have gone beyond the settling ponds & also have an overflow area for the birdlife. A short drive in takes you firstly to the ponds and then to the wetland area.

Sungei Buloh – Singapore’s Finest Wetlands

10,000 Birds

SINGAPORE, DECEMBER 2012 – Ask any birder where you should go birding in Singapore and the short list will always include Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve , this city-state’s finest wetlands.


Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What are the links between policy, research and practice when considering biodiversity in the context of climate change in coastal, lowland and upland wetlands? This is the question that the World Wetlands Day Conference 2010, by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), will be asking the UK wetland community in early February. CIWEM’s World Wetlands Day Conference 2010 is on 2nd – 3rd February in Peterborough.

Gray Kingbird at the Viera Wetlands

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It has been almost two weeks since the text message that said “ Gray Kingbird Viera Wetlands.” My plan was to recharge and rest and then get to the Viera Wetlands for the evening light.