Happy World Wetlands Day!
From Ramsar "2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming – so the Ramsar Convention chose Wetlands & Agriculture as the World Wetlands Day theme for 2014. placing a focus on the need for the wetland and agricultural sectors (and the water sector too of course) to work together for the best shared outcomes." In the US this coincides with the imminent passage of the 2014 Farm Bill, which funds important wetland conservation programs.
Florida Mangrove Forests slowly moving North?
As another consequence of climate change, slightly higher temperatures which are preventing cold snaps (less than 25 degrees) in parts of Florida have enabled Mangroves to move northward and thrive. Typically colder nights constrains and limit cold sensitive plants migration, by killing plants and seeds, but the difference of a degree or two, is enough to shift the balance to favor a particular species.
Using LANDSAT images from the mid 1980's through 2011, scientists reviewed changes found in 24,000 acres of coastal land capable of supporting either salt marsh or mangrove forest. In this period, mangroves expanded into 4,200 acres, essentially doubling its presence, and in many cases displacing salt marsh. The black Mangrove, considered the most cold tolerant, was found to have expanded the most at the northern fringe of the study area between Cocoa Beach and St. Augustine.
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Bald Eagles on LI
I guess im not the only one who noticed the Bald Eagles in Rockville Centre, it made the front page of Newsday! It must have been a slow news day. Its ironic to note that additional acreage was clearcut only months ago only a few hundred yards from the sightings.
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Wetlands in the News
- Abbot Point: study on dumping of spoil in wetlands not required, Hunt says - The...
- How Protecting Women Helps Save Wetlands - TakePart
- Off-Duty LAPD Officer Arrested For Reportedly Exposing Himself On Precious ... - LAist
- Louisiana Blasts Engineers on Wetlands Work - Courthouse News Service
- DEP describes planned wetlands project in Independence and Liberty townships - The Warren Reporter