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bos2 Birds’ beauty extends far beyond themselves to enhance the whole world

By Kathy Reshetiloff – Bay Journal – May 11, 2018
Except for perhaps insects, birds are usually the first wild animals we encounter in our lives. Before ever going to a zoo or aquarium, or on a fishing, hunting or wildlife watching adventure, we have probably been introduced to the class of animals known as Aves or birds, usually right outside our homes. Read full article here.

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wppWetland wonder: Crops, wildlife flourish on Delaware farm

By Megan Lang – U.S. Department of Agriculture – May 9, 2018
If ever he wondered if his family had made the right choice by restoring a wetland at their Delaware farm, Matt Spong laid that question to rest with the help of a duck. Actually, a wood duck and her brood, seven lives that depend on the ecology at Viola Farms Inc. “One day I saw something small bobbing in the water, and it turned out to be a female wood duck and six babies,” Spong recalled. At that moment, he knew: working to keep a healthy wetland paid dividends exceeding the farm’s bottom line. Matt Spong and his wife, Marilyn, are ardent proponents of protecting their wetland and the creatures that live there. Read full blog post here.

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bos2 Louisiana Moves Closer to Delivering on Coastal Restoration

By Kristin Tracz – Walton Family Foundation Blog – April 19, 2018
On April 2, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Louisiana Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced an update to the permit timeline for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion – a project critical to the restoration and rebuilding of the Gulf coast. Following the announcement in January of an agreement between Louisiana state officials and federal agencies to modify the timetable for the project, the permitting process is now set to conclude in 2020 – 22 months earlier than previously projected. With a football field of land washing away every 100 minutes along Louisiana’s coast, this new timeline reflects the urgency with which we need to act to protect the coastal communities, economies and critical infrastructure threatened by land loss and rising seas. Read blog post here.

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wppAn endangered animal thrives in a novel ecosystem

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – May 2, 2018
In the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia are habitats unlike any found in that continent’s history: narrow strips of vegetation along roads, railways and drainage canals, containing a mix of native and exotic plants. Embedded in a larger landscape dominated by farming and human development, those fragments of roadside wildness are often ignored or dismissed by nature-loving people. They’re thought to have minimal ecological value — yet for endangered southern brown bandicoots, they provide very good homes indeed.  Read full article here.

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bos2 ‘Forgotten’ Nassawango returns to its natural state

By Rona Kobell – Bay Journal – April 20, 2018
We seem to be alone under the canopies of bald cypress and black gum. Hawks soar overhead. Leaves on the rose bushes rustle. Remnants of a beaver lodge hide among the brambles. An old truck, possibly from the 1950s, sits rusting on the water’s edge. We seem to be alone under the canopies of bald cypress and black gum. Hawks soar overhead. Leaves on the rose bushes rustle. Remnants of a beaver lodge hide among the brambles. An old truck, possibly from the 1950s, sits rusting on the water’s edge. There is much to look at in a six-mile paddle through the Nassawango Creek Preserve, a 9,953-acre ecosystem on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore. But what our group of five didn’t see during three hours of paddling its meandering path were other humans. We encountered no other paddlers and heard no footsteps. Even though the creek backed to some houses, no one was in the yards. We didn’t even hear a dog bark. Read full article here.

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wppThere’s no “Sweet Spot” – What the Colorado River Needs is “Real Balance” 

By Jeffrey Odefey – American Rivers – April 27, 2018
Over the last week, those of us who eat, sleep, and drink Colorado River issues have watched with alternating measures of surprise, concern, and alarm as water users from the Upper Basin states publicly called out the operators of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) for “gaming” reservoir levels to maximize water deliveries to Arizona. The worry is that CAP’s efforts to find a “sweet spot” in managing the Colorado River has the effects of undoing nearly a decade of collaborative conservation successes and threatens to pull the entire Basin into shortage more quickly than is already likely. Read full story here.

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bos2For a Healthy Beach, Leave the Seaweed Alone

By Samantha Andrews – Hakai Magazine – April 4, 2018
For a tourist, nothing ruins a picturesque sandy beach like the sight and smell of rotting seaweed, which is why owners and managers of beaches in many seaside towns use tractors to drag large rakes through the intertidal. Mechanical beach cleaning removes the seaweed, but it also destroys habitat. Read full article here.

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wppBees aren’t the only pollinators with problems

 By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – April 18, 2018
Think of a pollinator and you’ll almost certainly think of a bee. Maybe a butterfly, but probably not: bees are bona-fide pollination celebrities, their importance recognized and predicaments lamented. It’s quite unlikely that you’ll think of a bird, much less a bat or a lizard — yet they too transport pollen and help landscapes bloom, and are experiencing declines both troubling and overlooked. Read full article here.

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bos2Nature, heal thyself: the lessons of restoration ecology

By Brandon Keim – Anthropocene Magazine – April 11, 2018
In the late 1980s, the practice of healing damaged landscapes was formalized as the discipline of restoration ecology. Though the science is young, enough time has passed to ask whether it’s working and what lessons we’ve learned. Can the rents in Earth’s fabric ever be repaired by our muddy hands? “Restoration is at a crossroads,” says Holly Jones, a restoration ecologist at Northern Illinios University. “We are a new science, but far enough along that we can take stock and see how well we are doing at achieving our goals.” Read full article here.

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wppMāori Mussel Memory

By Asher Mullard – Haki Magazine – April 5, 2018
Sitting on the seaweed-covered beach of Okahu Bay in New Zealand, a 15-minute drive from Auckland’s bustling port, Richelle Kahui-McConnell stops midsentence and points out over the waves. “Oh my god, look at those fish jumping. Look, look, look,” she says. “When I started working to restore this bay 11 years ago, you’d never see that.” Once a saltwater pantry filled with green-lipped mussels and flounder, Okahu Bay has suffered the same fate as urban beaches around the world. Read full article here.

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