Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Tucson, Arizona

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In addition, for the last four5 years he has lead a Wednesday morning walk at the famed Sweetwater Wetlands, Northwest of Tucson. Sweetwater Wetlands has been established as a public area, and maintained, as well as it can while still a functioning recharge basin, as an amazing bird sanctuary.

The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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Just a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem. My second visit came from an invitation from Luke Safford, coordinator for the Tucson Audubon Society, who hosts a weekly bird walk around the wetlands.

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North Cave Wetlands

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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

An avian wetland ballet

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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.

Derby Poo Ponds and waste water wetland upgrade

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We checked out the Derby Airport and there were Masked Lapwings there as usual and several other bird species at a small wetland that had formed from recent rain. The main purpose of our visit was to see the improvements at the Derby Poo Ponds and wetland. Overflow area at the wetlands.

Astonishing Facts About Wetlands

Greentumble

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?

London’s Wetland Wonderland

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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

CIWEM HONOURS WETLANDS SCHEMES

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.

Yellow-headed Blackbirds: Conspicuous Wetland Breeders

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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.

How Much Do Wetlands Reduce Property Damage During Storms and Hurricanes?

Nature Conservancy - Science

When I tell someone that my work involves understanding if and how ecosystems like wetlands can protect us from storms, I usually get asked, “Sure, but by how much?”. In total, coastal wetlands are estimated to have saved $625 Million in flood damages during Sandy.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT THROUGH WETLANDS

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.

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

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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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.

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

Cattle Egrets Eating Herps at the Viera Wetlands

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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.

WETLANDS, BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE

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.

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.

Coastal Wetland Restoration: One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Nature Conservancy - Science

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.

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.

A City's Best Defense Against Climate Change? Its Trees, Wetlands, and Watersheds

Green (Living) Review

When a city incorporates natural infrastructure into its planning, it turns to living assets such as urban trees, wetlands, and watersheds to reduce pollutants and provide protection from storms and hurricanes.

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.

Katrina may have stabilized coastal wetlands

Eco Friendly Daily

A new study makes the provocative claim that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita actually helped stabilize coastal wetlands by depositing tons of silt and sediment even as the storms devastated dozens of square miles of the low-lying areas.

BROCKHOLES NATURE RESERVE WETLAND PROJECT, WINS WITH A BIRDIE!

Green (Living) Review

CIWEM are pleased to announce that CIWEM Living Wetlands Award 2012 has been awarded to Brockholes Nature Reserve, in Lancashire. CIWEM’s Living Wetlands Award was co-founded in 2002 /3 with RSPB and recognizes multi-functional projects that demonstrate the sustainable use of wetland habitats. The Living Wetlands Award will be presented at CIWEM’s prestigious Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony on 17th May 2012.

Recovery by Eradication: Saving Marshes from Nutria

Nature Conservancy - Science

Can non-native nutria be stopped from destroying wetlands? Wildlife Invasive Species Mammals Wetlands

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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

Katrina may have stabilized coastal wetlands

Eco Friendly Daily

A new study makes the provocative claim that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita actually helped stabilize coastal wetlands by depositing tons of silt and sediment even as the storms devastated dozens of square miles of the low-lying areas.

How Climate Changes Increases the Risk to Coastal Wetlands

Eco Friendly Daily

The economic survival of coastal areas depends upon the health of the wetlands found along their shorelines. An environmental and economic risk exists if these coastal wetlands become endangered. In a rapid-rise scenario, most coastal wetlands will be lost by the end of the century.

Wetlands In Danger Due To Sea Level Rises

Eco Friendly Daily

But many studies attempt to determine likely scenarios, such as one regarding what will happen to wetlands by the year 2100. A recent study by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) used computer models in order to determine the impact sea level rises would have on worldwide wetlands.

Marine Restoration Week: Tales from the Cab — Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana

Nature Conservancy - Science

I was blown away by Emmanuel’s perspectives on the role wetlands used to play in southeast Louisiana; his enthusiasm for restoring them (using funds from the RESTORE Act and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill fines); and his deep first-hand knowledge of insurance and federal policy regarding flooding.

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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Crocs, Wetlands & Waterfalls: Australia’s Kakadu National Park. ~ Tina Wild

Elephant Journal

Keep your arms in and don’t lean out,’ the tour guide warns us, ‘they can jump their own body length out of the water.’‘. Adventure Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Inspiring (Wow) australia crocodiles Jim Jim Falls Mary River national parks rivers travel Ubirr water falls waterfalls

Birds face extinction in dying wetland

Eco Friendly Daily

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 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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The European Christmas Bird Count

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How can it be, I asked someone from the Wetlands International, the IWC umbrella organization, only to learn that USA has its own scheme. Birds Danube geese Labudovo okno Serbia waterbirds wetlands winter

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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.

A Great Day Out West – Bobcats, Birds and Boardwalks

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And the magic factories are two neighbors, Green Cay Wetlands and Wakodahatchee Wetlands. These two water management wetlands are amongst the very best birding and photography locations in south Florida.

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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.