Memory Lane

There’s a large-scale project under way to turn back the clock in order to better prepare for the future. In Napa Valley, the non-profit San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) has been working to establish the historical ecology of a region that has seen huge landscape use changes over the past two hundred years. It has…

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Watery Treasure

Draining swamps and wetlands has, over the course of human civilization, been seen as a way to grasp land from the greedy waters that cover most of the Earth’s surface. Add to this that much of the drained, reclaimed land is then conveniently located on prime river or coastal property, and the terrestrial inclination to…

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Flyways and Wetland Rotation

Farmland gain across the world often means habitat loss of wetlands – important habitats for migratory birds. An interesting project proposed adding an old crop to the regular rotation on a number of farms originally won from deltas and estuaries: namely, the crop of water. I picture a watery mosaic in flux, with changing colors…

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World Wetlands Day

Bogs, marshes, swamps – wetlands. They soak up excess water in times of flooding, release water in times of drought, are home to a wild array of life, purify groudwater, and make for the settings of some of the very best thrillers. It’s World Wetlands Day today. WWD marks the date of the signing of…

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