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

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? Wetlands can be anywhere. A more common view of wetlands is the transition zone linking land and water, where water covers the soil, if only seasonally. WETLAND SERVICES.

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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.

Wetlands – world’s most valuable ecosystem – disappearing three times faster than forests, warns new report

Green Living Guy

Gland, Switzerland, 27th September 2018 – First of all, Wetlands are the most economically valuable resource we have. The post Wetlands – world’s most valuable ecosystem – disappearing three times faster than forests, warns new report appeared first on Green Living Guy.

Are We Losing Our Wetlands Conservation Legacy?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Will wetlands and the services they provide remain a part of our conservation heritage? Spend a morning on a wetland , and you can still see some of the world’s greatest bird flocks: ducks, geese, herons, egrets, shorebirds and more stretched to the horizon, creating an unbelievable symphony of quacks and honks and squeaks that will echo in your head hours later. Have conservationists taken this wetland protection for granted? Our wetlands are, quite literally, draining away.

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. Birds & Birding Agriculture Birds Climate Economics Research 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. Draining and filling of wetland up and down the east coast made Jefferson’s image of America nearly a reality by the mid-1900s. Fast-forward to the 1990s and wetlands have been re-branded. The updated statistics must show constructed wetlands in the 10s of thousands by now, right?

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 Woodcock in hand: Flickr user Matt MacGillivray under a Creative Commons license. By Brian Piazza, Director of Freshwater and Marine Science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Timberdoodle. Bogsucker. Becasee.

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

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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? Nature Conservancy scientists are using unmanned aerial vehicles to create the first-ever detailed wetlands habitat map of coastal Gabon, in collaboration with scientists from NASA, and other conservation groups working in Gabon. And the wetlands have never been mapped before.

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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.

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

Nature Conservancy - Science

In a dry corner of southeast Australia, life-giving wetlands sustain a huge array of birds—and a 50,000-year old culture. Birds & Birding From the Field Asia Pacific Indigenous Peoples Restoration TNC Science Water

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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.

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

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. As part of his efforts to raise awareness of the importance of wetlands and the dangers they face, he is visiting Ramsar sites in the country he passes through. 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. Conservation News coastal coastal wetlands Conservation Brief Ecosystem Services Ensia Mark Tercek oyster reefs wetlands Volunteers help restore oyster reefs in Alabama. Photo: © Erika Nortemann/TNC.

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.

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. Dredging proponents say the river is not up to the task due to waning sediment loads and that reconnecting it to the wetlands will devastate the fishing industry and destroy coastal communities. Without the river, we don’t restore wetland processes – we create land masses.

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. The new findings contradict long-held theories that rivers are the primary source of the sediment that forms wetlands, says research leader R. Coastal wetlands are breeding grounds for many marine animals.

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Earth911 Interview: Exploring America’s 110 Million Acres of Wetlands With Jeremy Schewe

AGreenLiving

Earth911 talks with Jeremy Schewe, a wetlands scientist who is … The post Earth911 Interview: Exploring America’s 110 Million Acres of Wetlands With Jeremy Schewe appeared first on Earth 911. Original post: Earth911 Interview: Exploring America’s 110 Million Acres of Wetlands With Jeremy Schewe. Eco Eco Tech appeared-first apps house jeremy jeremy-schewe nature podcast policy / legislation schewe wetlands-with

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. While it may look like the wetland is nature primeval, it is this research that is restoring what once was known as the “inland fishing capital of North America.”. Jason Beverlin , the Conservancy’s Illinois River program director, stands on a grassy bluff overlooking the wetland.

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. As seas rise, wetlands in low-lying areas are at risk for flooding, one of the benefits they offer coastal areas. In a rapid-rise scenario, most coastal wetlands will be lost by the end of the century. Coastal wetlands provide one measure of defense against this scenario.

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. The new findings contradict long-held theories that rivers are the primary source of the sediment that forms wetlands, says research leader R. Coastal wetlands are breeding grounds for many marine animals.

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.

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. Coastal wetlands play major roles in ecosystems worldwide. Slow rising sea levels would allow more wetlands to adapt to the inundation of additional water.

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. This is certainly the case in many European countries where wetlands are considered as areas of extreme natural importance and are protected from development and destruction. Despite numerous legal challenges from conservation groups around the world the 33km sea wall at the edge of the wetland was closed last year.

Proposed skating rink uses melted ice to sustain wetland habitats

AGreenLiving

Along with sustainable design features like high performance insulation and rooftop solar panels , the facility’s melted ice will be filtered through reed beds to create new wetland habitats onsite. Proposed skating rink uses melted ice to sustain wetland habitats.

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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Earth911 Reader: $150 Billion in Wildfire Damage, Pantanal Wetlands Burn, & Top Plastic Polluters

AGreenLiving

We keep an eye on the news for useful information … The post Earth911 Reader: $150 Billion in Wildfire Damage, Pantanal Wetlands Burn, & Top Plastic Polluters appeared first on Earth 911. See the rest here: Earth911 Reader: $150 Billion in Wildfire Damage, Pantanal Wetlands Burn, & Top Plastic Polluters.

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

Last week, I met with some of the leading minds in conservation, re-insurance, and engineering (including from the US Army Corps of Engineers, Deltares , Munich Re, CH2MHILL and the World Bank) to talk about the role of natural defenses – such as wetlands — in reducing risks to people from coastal and riverine flooding. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2006, post-Hurricane Katrina. Image: Prince Roy /Flickr through a Creative Commons license.

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. Green infrastructure protects against extreme weather and cleans up urban environments.

Touring restored wetlands at a Wisconsin nature conservancy

AGreenLiving

What I want on my tombstone,” he said as our sneakers sank into the wetlands , “is, ‘Because of Harold, there will never be a stoplight in Williams Bay.’” But now people value the conservancy, and some of Williams Bay’s 2,500 residents even bought their homes in the village so they could walk the wetland trails every day. “It’s Touring restored wetlands at a Wisconsin nature conservancy.

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. Greater flamingos and chicks found in Abu Dhabi once again.

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.

Conservation finance should not sell itself short

AGreenLiving

Deals in restoration, forest carbon and wetlands or other land preservation require both financial and scientific excellence. Business Green a-greener-economy and-wetlands climate-impacts financial-and forest-carbon from-new insect-based other-land require-both

After 250 Years of Dams, Rhode Island River Restored for Migratory Fish

Nature Conservancy - Science

Fish & Fisheries From the Field Connectivity Fish Migrations Nature + People Restoration Rivers Water WetlandsThe last time fish could migrate unimpeded on the Pawcatuck River, George Washington was a surveyor, not a president.

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.

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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.

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One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make

Cool Green Science

Bush has upheld a straightforward, three-word policy for protecting the nation’s sensitive and valuable coastal wetlands: No Net Loss. According to a recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the United States is losing coastal wetlands at the staggering rate of 80,000 acres per year. Rising sea levels make coastal wetlands increasingly important as a buffer from erosion and.

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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. Biologists counting birds a the restored wetlands of the Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve in Illinois, for instance, have recorded as many as 135,000 coots in a single day (or about four to five percent of the global population). Baby coots are born with bright orange plumes, giving them a bizarre appearance. Mike Baird/Flickr. by Matt Miller, senior science writer.

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The Green Buzz: Monday, November 25

Cool Green Science

is losing coastal wetlands at a rate of seven football fields per hour. ( Tyrannosaurus Rex’s worst nightmare is in today’s green news. T-Rex was relegated to the shadows when this newly-discovered giant came thudding by. Salt Lake Tribune ). A U.S. power company has pled guilty to the wind farm-related deaths of golden eagles in Wyoming. Christian Science Monitor ). Sharks rejoice! Indonesia’s national airline has banned the transport of fins from their flights.

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Review: The Wild Duck Chase

Nature Conservancy - Science

In the early 1900’s, due to professional market hunting and the destruction of wetland habitats, populations of ducks, geese and other water birds had crashed. Conservationists raised alarms and succeeded in passing some significant conservation legislation, but many recognized that there needed to be funding for wetland protection and restoration. Conservation, especially wetland conservation, was a frequent subject for Darling’s cartoons in the Des Moines Register.

EPA repeals water protections, choosing industry over wetlands

AGreenLiving

gallons of water daily from natural springs in Florida WOTUS stipulated which wetlands and streams would be protected from pesticides , fertilizer, mine waste and other pollutants under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Continued here: EPA repeals water protections, choosing industry over wetlands. On Thursday, the Trump administration repealed the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, an Obama-era policy designed to protect waterways.

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